Angel Radio seeks to take over The Breeze licence

Tony Smith in the Havant studio of Angel Radio.
Tony Smith in the Havant studio of Angel Radio.
James Taylor at his desk in his office at 116 High Street, Old Portsmouth.

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IT IS set to be a battle akin to David and Goliath.

But a tiny radio station aimed at the over-60s is taking on the might of a multi-million pound giant to set up a station in Portsmouth.

At the moment, nostalgia station Angel Radio – which only plays music made before 1960 – can only broadcast in the Havant area.

But station boss Tony Smith is bidding for the 107.4 frequency in Portsmouth which The Breeze currently has the licence for.

It will come up for grabs in August next year and Ofcom – the independent radio regulator – will make a decision early next year.

The licence is free but the cost of the application is £5,000 – and Angel listeners have been asked to donate £1 each.

Mr Smith said: ‘We see this as a real David and Goliath battle.

‘On the one hand there’s us, a small community station.

‘And on the other hand is Celador, the multi-million pound corporation which owns The Breeze.

‘What Ofcom is looking for is something that is totally different to the other stations in the area – and we are.

‘We have to prove that we’re able to sustain the service.

‘We have 12 years of being on air going for us and we’ve never had to take out a loan to pay a bill.’

For this week only, Portsmouth residents can hear the station by tuning in to 87.9FM for a taster of the station – which also offers information and advice for older people.

Angel Radio’s bid has received the backing of Havant MP David Willetts, Councillor Terry Hall from Portsmouth city Council and Hampshire County Council.

Celador did not respond to calls from The News.

The station reaches an audience of 40,000 on FM and online.

Tune in at 101.1FM or listen to the station outside Havant, online at angelradio.tel