Julian presses Minster FM purchaser on future of York local radio
May 29, 2020
Julian has today written to Dee Ford, the Group Managing Director of Bauer Media’s radio division, to raise the concerns of residents across York regarding recently announced plans to absorb Minster FM into a new regional station called Greatest Hits Radio – North Yorkshire.
While acknowledging the challenges faced by the competitive radio industry, Julian Sturdy has made it clear that decisions which affect such a valued local service cannot take place without public consultation. With much beloved disc jockeys and support staff at risk of losing their jobs, it is only more pressing to ensure that this sweeping decision has been carefully considered and its impact assessed.
One of the main areas of concern for Julian is the loss of an independent, quality news source and a voice for our local communities. Julian believes that now, more than ever, accurate public service broadcasting is essential and local residents deserve the highest standards. He has asked Ms Ford to clarify a number of points, including whether there will be a dedicated local news bulletin, how frequent it will be and what area would it cover.
Furthermore, before any changes are made to Minster FM, Julian has asked Ms Dee to outline what individual assessment was made of Minster FM that led to this decision when some local radio stations are remaining, what factors will affect Bauer Music’s decision regarding the future of Minster FM’s studios in Dunnington, and whether local listeners can be consulted ahead of any changes being implemented.
Julian is hopeful he can convey the
strength of feeling among local residents for Minster FM and has offered
support to any employees of the radio station who are affected by Bauer Media’s