Skyline Community Radio - Previous Ownership

Previous Ownership

The name Skyline dates back to a London pirate station from the 1980s, run by Mark Ellis & Steve Fox With David Algate, the original licencee of the community station as community liaison. There was also an RSL in Southampton in 1994 called Skyline FM, The community station has had a difficult time compared to some community stations, with owner and licencee David Algate attempting to sell the station in 2007 due to the ongoing costs of the station not being met by advertising or external funding. This attempt was unsuccessful, but did provoke a fair deal of discussion as to whether or not it was legal to sell a community station on various internet forums relating to the media. The station however did change hands in 2009 when it was sold to presenter Mike Green's company Bootlace Productions. Skyline Community Radio was also threatened with legal action by a member of staff who had been hired to act as programme controller, and in doing so caused the departure of many volunteers who had been with Skyline from the start. Skyline featured in the Ofcom Broadcast Bulletin 107 due to one of their presenters causing a listener to complain to the regulatory authority about the content of his broadcast. No investigation into the complaint could take place as the radio station had failed to maintain a system to record its output and retain the recordings, which in itself is a matter treated very seriously indeed.

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