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Ipswich radio station Town 102 loses licence to rival

Ipswich station Town 102 started broadcasting in 2006 Credit: .

Ipswich based radio station Town 102 has lost it’s licence to broadcast – with the regulator handing it over to a new service, Ipswich FM.

Town 102 started broadcasting in 2006, however last year the company’s owners Celador closed the station’s studios at Great Blakenham.

The service currently shares programmes with Radio Norwich, which are broadcast from studios on Thorpe Road in the city.

Ipswich FM is backed by three other radio companies – Lincs FM which runs a number of radio stations in the Lincolnshire area, Nation Broadcasting, which runs services in Wales, and MuxCo, which operates a number of digital radio services across the country.

Media regulator Ofcom says its decision was partly due to Ipswich FM promising to broadcast on digital radio, while Town 102 doesn’t.

“Ipswich FM’s commitment to broadcasting on the Suffolk DAB multiplex means it would have access to a greater number of potential listeners than the incumbent licensee, which does not, and did not indicate any plans to, broadcast on DAB.”

– Ofcom statement