NEAR FM and FM104 have had their stolen equipment recovered by police after official pirate radio detection experts managed to locate station broadcasts in Rathfarnham, Dublin.
Other equipment relating to recent thefts at East Coast Radio and CKR FM was also discovered.
CKR FM are denying that their future is hanging in the balance. The station’s chief executive has instead insisted that CKR FM is in “great health”. Earlier in the year it emerged that CKR Limited had been struck off the Companies Register after failing to file accounts. This led to Carlow Kildare Radio Limited being dissolved on the 16th of June.
Comment: Talk about bad timing with the station’s licence due for renewal shortly!
John Drummey, a former news reader with Independent Network News, has been appointed as head of news at CKR FM. John is also a former presenter with Radio Kerry. CKR FM is the licensed station serving the Carlow/Kildare franchise area.
Carlow Kilkenny Radio have been informed by the BCI why they failed in their application for a licence to cover the new franchise area covering counties Carlow & Kilkenny.
The Commission considered that their application was weaker ‘in all respects’ than the other two applications received.
At ownership level, the station’s board was not considered to be as representative of both counties as that of the winning applicant.
In considering the relationship between Carlow Kildare Radio Ltd and Carlow Kilkenny Radio Ltd, CKR’s long-term ownership and control difficulties were viewed negatively.
Programming in the application was judged to be more ‘aspirational’ than realistic and the company’s financial proposals were considered by the Commission to be considerably weaker than the successful applicant.