She felt that older people are very much overlooked when it comes to radio and television and that Angel’s licence application was a glimmer of hope that this would be addressed.
I do sympathise with my nan and the thousands of fans of this radio station
I had to explain how the radio industry works these days, with all the networking of brands and centralised offices.
Well, this went well and truly over her head.
Because to my nan’s mind, nothing caters for people of her generation, the over-70s.
I have to say that I can really see her point.
The Portsmouth licence is currently held by the Celador Group on the 107.4FM frequency and its station The Breeze.
Celador decided it wanted to give up the licence early, have it re-advertised and re-apply to gain a longer term.
This also gave other operators the opportunity to bid to Ofcom, the broadcasting regulator, for permission to operate this licence.
The idea of having so many stations is to increase choice to the listeners, so there is something for everyone.
My nan strongly disagrees though, as she thinks they all sound the same or are copying each other.
I tried my best to explain market forces and the need to make a profit, but she didn’t care.
Maybe Ofcom didn’t feel that Angel Radio would be able to survive in the commercial market and that’s it’s much better placed as a voluntary, community station.
I do sympathise with my nan and the thousands of fans of this radio station.
No-one would have lost their jobs at The Breeze as it’s networked from Southampton and has plenty of other licences to cover under that brand.
Angel Radio would have become something of a unique service, greatly improving choice in the local radio market.
Sadly for my nan, she must continue to listen to the weak Angel signal from Havant that she gets over in Ryde on the Isle of Wight as radio continues the status quo.