The Chairman of DLFM, Paddy Simpson has expressed his disappointment at the decision of the BAI to award Highland Radio the broadcasting contract for North Donegal.
DLFM challenged Highland Radio for the contract, which today was re-awarded to the original operator, subject to final negotiations.
“I and my fellow shareholders in DLFM are very disappointed with today’s decision by the BAI,” said Paddy. “DLFM put forward very strong proposals for a world class radio station which would have served the people of Donegal very well. Our proposals were very inclusive of all the communities in Donegal and would have seen a new studio in Carndonagh as well as a studio in Letterkenny. We had exciting plans for new programme formats and new voices which regrettably will not now be brought to air.”
DLFM was led by a consortium of Donegal business people. In addition to Chairman Paddy Simpson and CEO Charlie Collins, shareholders in DLFM included Philip O’Doherty of E&I Engineering, Letterkenny businessmen Enda Nicholls of Arena 7 and Mark McCloskey of Evolve Menswear as well as Glenties man Brian McGill of the Harcourt Hotel; the Falcarragh-born publican Danny Doohan; former Mayor of Letterkenny and digital media expert Damien Blake and his wife Mary G. Blake, a teacher from Ballybofey.
Paddy continued: “I want to thank the DLFM team for their hard work and commitment and while equally disappointed, I know they will join with me in congratulating Highland Radio and wishing the station continued success. Local radio is a hugely important service for all the communities in North Donegal and it is important that we have a strong and vibrant radio station in situ”.