Hereward Media (HM), the Peterborough based outfit has pulled out of a plan to 'rescue' the Community radio station Tulip Radio, according to Radio Today.
HM cites ‘irreconcilable differences’ between them and the former station management, and a ‘catalogue of unhelpful behaviour’.
A message appeared on the Tulip Radio Facebook page saying the station has now closed. It states “God Bless everyone who have been so helpful, kind and supportive to Tulip Radio, we will always be grateful to you all. Thank you, we all enjoyed it whilst it lasted and thank you for supporting our great volunteers who gave up their time willingly to present the programmes and give as much knowledge to you about what was going on in our community as we could. Many thanks x.”
In response to the respected industry source 'RadioToday' when asked for a comment: Tulip Radio’s Chris Carter said: “In Mid December Tulip Radio entered into an agreement with Hereward Media to undertake solution of technical issues and engage more presenters to enable us to continue our Community Radio service and to maintain our Key Commitments to Ofcom, the government regulator.
“It was agreed that Hereward Media would provide these services entirely free of charge. It became increasingly clear that over the last two weeks that our established aims and objectives didn’t coincide with those of Hereward Media.
“A meeting which was arranged, to which they were invited to discuss matters, but they declined to attend when our accountant found he was too busy to be there.
Eventually on Friday, we advised Hereward Media that the best interests of Tulip Radio Limited were not being served by continuing our association with them and that the arrangement was terminated forthwith.
“Accordingly broadcasting ceased and we shall be informing Ofcom that we intend to hand in our Community Radio licence, ending 7 years of full time Community service following several month long trial broadcasts commencing in 2001, naturally we are all extremely sorry that this has ended.
“Once again we would like to thank from the bottom of our hearts all our presenters, sponsors, advertisers and friends who have faithfully supported us over the last 16 years.”
Alex Geairns, director of Peterborough based Hereward Media commented: “We believe there has been a steady backtracking by Tulip Radio as to what had been agreed. In a crunch meeting last Friday, it was made clear to us that since we entered into the partnership, Tulip Radio has received numerous other offers of technical and presentational help. As a charitable organisation, we have invested a significant amount of resources to make a success of this project, and are now forced to retreat to protect our charity."
TRIBNOTE: Peterborough based charity Hereward Media put up as part of their presenting line-up for Tulip, a Mr. Nikki James Fox (aka Nik Fox) also featured as their 'Technical Director' and part of the 'team' to relaunch the OFCOM regulated Tulip community radio station. The same Nikki James Fox has been recently criminally convicted at Craigavon Crown Court having pleaded Guilty to criminal charges relating to the Computer Misuse Act. Fox was sentenced on April 28th 2017, to a term of 12 months imprisonment suspended for 3 years, The link is here: https://parkfarmneighbourhoodwatch.blogspot.co.uk/2017/03/nikki-james-fox-pleads-guilty-to-two.html
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