A couple of weeks ago, I posted about the Newtownards-based Downtown and Cool FM, and the latest RAJAR results for local radio listening. The results came only days after their owners EMAP Radio (who own a lot of radio stations) had told the local stations to downsize, making up to 15 full time employees redundant, mostly in technical/engineering roles and the newsroom.
There were rumours that some presenters would go too. Now Downtown and Cool FM have confirmed that some specialist freelance presenters will not have their contracts renewed. And the recent changes to the scheduling (moving Lisa Flavelle, and cutting Jerry Lang’s Biggest Jukebox from five nights a week down to three) may unsettle some of the existing presenters too.
Changing times in the local radio industry.