After 13 years, 10 of which providing community radio services to the population of Teesdale, Radio Teesdale has had to cease its operations. In addition to broadcasting programmes for all sections of the community from business and politics to gardening, education and religion, it was also active in the community with 300 members, catalysing enterprise through its advertising, business programmes and interviews, promoting Teesdale as a place to live and visit, and providing media training and a springboard for volunteers to the media business.
As dictated by its broadcasting licence it relied on grants as well as generating its own funds through the provision of services and advertising, unfortunately the reduction in both sources of funding has led it to conclude that it can no longer continue to trade. “We set up Radio Teesdale to service the community, it is a very sad day for everyone who has been involved and has benefited from the services it provided” commented Alastair Dinwiddie Chairman, “the board continue to work with Walsh Taylor to try and find an alternative route to closure but at the current time without new investment it appears that sadly closure is the only option. The organisation has instructed insolvency practice Walsh Taylor to oversee the process. The board would particularly like to thank all our funders and advertisers for their support in the past and the members for their support.”
Walsh Taylor continue to welcome expression of interests from individuals or organisations interested in providing this service “We are open to all ideas and approaches” commented Mary Taylor from Walsh Taylor, “we have substantial experience in enabling businesses and not for profit organisations to continue to trade. Radio Teesdale is highly valued by the local community and we will investigate all routes possible to enable this service to continue”.