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SEVEN WEEKS TO SAVE SALFORD CITY RADIO
 

Star date: 13th February 2017

STATION STRUGGLES TO SURVIVE AS SALFORD COUNCIL CUTS FUNDING

Salford City Radio has until the end of March to raise 10,000, otherwise it may close as Salford City Council is proposing a total cut in its funding from April. The station, which will be ten years old in September, needs to show Ofcom that it is viable before it can get its broadcasting licence renewed.

Full details here...


Salford City Radio has launched a crowd funding campaign to raise 10,000 before the end March to save itself from closing. Salford City Council is proposing to cut all of its 25,000 subsidy in the current budget proposals for the next financial year (see here), and Ofcom has to see viable accounts for the station by the end of March before it will renew its licence.

With 49 days left, the station has currently raised 2,380. Amazingly, Salford City Mayor Paul Dennett, who will be proposing the budgets cuts at the full meeting of Salford Council this month, is backing the campaign to save the station, which is housed in a Council building at the back of the Swinton Civic Centre.

"This station gives a voice to those that wouldn't have one otherwise" says studio manager Chris Bell "It gives volunteers, young and old, a brilliant chance to learn new skills and grow their confidence. It would be a tragedy if it went to the wall. But honestly, I know the people of Salford are going to get behind us..."

Salford City Radio is run by 83 volunteers, aged between 18 and 85, who all have shows, and have paid a 50p per week fee to take part since the Council slashed the station's grant by 15,000 two years ago (see here).

"Before I started at the station I just felt like a woman, a minority, like a nobody at that time" says Sufiya Rehman, part time studio manager "But coming here I was able to express myself through radio and now, through my programme, I am the person for people who don't have that platform."

The award-winning station has shows that cover everything from minority interests, to sport, heritage and, of course, local music, providing a platform for sounds and views that wouldn't otherwise normally be aired.

"We are proud of our many awards and achievements over many years" says Councillor Jim King, Chair of Salford City Radio "Our work has been commended locally, regionally and nationally. The quality of our work is therefore not in doubt. In launching this funding campaign we intend that the 'Voice of Salford' continues on air serving the many and diverse communities of your city."

The danger of Salford City Radio closing comes hard on the heels of Salford Online shutting down recently, leaving any notion of community involvement in the so-called 'Media City' almost dead and buried.


To donate to Salford City Radio's Crowdfunder click here

For further details and to listen to Salford City Radio check its website click here

Salford man wrote
at 15:01:58 on 16 February 2017
Not surprising given the manager walked and volunteers have been left to run the place themselves

Salford lad wrote
at 07:01:45 on 14 February 2017
Both of its listeners are really going to miss Salford radio!

Salford lad wrote
at 18:52:33 on 13 February 2017
Councillor king the only try voice of Salford is the Salford Star!

Pete Martin wrote
at 18:52:08 on 13 February 2017
If you want to do a few gigs to raise money I would be happy to participate.

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