Tasmanian community station to hand back licence after 11 years

Northern Midlands community radio station Heart FM has ceased operations reports the Launceston Examiner. The station will stop broadcasting on Monday after 11 years of operation. 
Station president Matt Garvin announced the closure yesterday, saying the  the station had struggled to sell sponsorship, had been rejected on a number of funding submissions and had withdrawals for key sponsors and committee members.

“That meant the station was clearly no longer financially viable,” Mr Garvin said, “This is a sad day for everyone involved.”

The Examiner reports that a members meeting will be held on August 8 to consider the recommendation of the management committee to appoint an administrator and hand back the station’s licence.

Heart FM was initially based at Poatina, and another station opened at Longford three years ago. The station was started in response to an analysis that identified the need for communication between the communities within Northern Midlands.