A spokesman for Tipp Mid-West Radio has accused the BCI of rearranging the licence arrangements for the Tipperary area in order to suit bigger interests.
Speaking in today’s Sunday Business Post, John Hassett claims that the new licence terms “seem to have been carefully crafted to suit Tipp FM and the Irish Press [who are shareholders in the station].”
Both Tipp FM and Tipp Mid-West Radio presently broadcast in the Tipperary area but the BCI have changed the conditions so that only one licence will cover the entire county in the future. During the re-licensing process, Tipp Mid-West Radio opted not to apply for the new county-wide licence because they claim that they would not be able to take on the extra expense.
Although Tipp FM is a local station, the output is heavily-commercialised. Tipp Mid-West Radio have a greater integration with the local community but claim the alternative – applying for a community licence – would kill off the station.