December 20th, 2010
Both TCR and Bute FM are noted in the most recent Ofcom broadcasting bulletin for failing to adhere to their key commitments. In the case of TCR the 12 hours promised of live broadcasting was viewed as a target rather than a statement of service. Volunteer and resource shortages meant they were unable to provide the live programming stated in their application and licence conditions.
Bute FM have failed to set up and maintain community driven steering and focus groups to ensure accountability. Instead the steering group comprised those in station and managerial positions leading to those in the target community feeling unable to be strategically involved. …
September 6th, 2010
The story appears in this week’s Herald Scotland and can be read in its original context by clicking on the Herald logo.
It culminated in an on-air bust-up, the sacking of its high-profile breakfast presenter and the resignation of 16 volunteers.
The community radio station had been designed to give residents of Bute some home-grown entertainment and a sounding board for the issues that affected them the most.
However, a year after it hit the airwaves from a studio in Rothesay, it is Bute FM itself that has become the talk of the town.
Matters came to a head when co-director and popular morning show presenter Michael Blair, 66, was abruptly sacked from his show by station manager and co-director Iain Donald, 30. …