first_imgThe battle for the airwaves of Donegal reached fever pitch today as the two consortiums looking for the license submitted their proposals.Both Highland Radio and the newly named DLFM presented their applications to the Broadcasting Association of IrelandDLFM have promised to shake up the local airwaves with a brand new format described as “Local, first”. But Highland have hit back with the backing of some of Donegal heavyweights including Daniel O’Donnell, Sir Gerry Robinson and Brian Friel.Commenting today after submitting the application in Dublin, Charlie Collins of the new consortium said he was “delighted” with the support the group have received.“We have been working on this for many months, using our own local experience and the input of industry experts from across Ireland and abroad. We want to build a radio station that reflects Donegal, and that will grow with Donegal. We’ve invested huge time, energy and resources in this bid, and are committed to continuing that investment should the BAI award us the licence”. Highland Radio Managing Director, Shaun Doherty, said after 25 years on air, they remain fresh.“Our listeners are at the heart of everything we do. We are very pleased with the strength of our application to the BAI today and positive about the new licence process.“After 23 years of leadership in Irish local radio, Highland Radio remains fresh, relevant, exciting and dynamic. I want to say a very big thank you to everyone for their support. We look forward to continuing to be a voice for our Donegal communities for another 10 years and beyond” he added.The submission of DLFM (Donegal Commercial Radio Broadcasting Limited) runs to 250 pagesIt identifies key elements like news, sport, local organisations, and the wider community of Donegal, as the driver of the broadcast service.High quality local current affairs coverage and debate leads the morning show, with a magazine-style afternoon discussion show running from 3pm to 5:30pm. Music output is balanced throughout the day, varying between Irish and American country, classic hits, through to modern music in youth-focused shows.Since change of ownership in 2008, Highland Radio has increased market share and listenership. The station has managed to navigate the current economic downturn and even increase staffing to a total of 53, by creating exciting new initiatives for Donegal advertisers and listeners such as the North West Motor Show and the Highland Radio Christmas Fair.The identity of a number of other local people backing the new consortium was also unveiled today. It was previously known that Simpson and Collins were joined by Philip O’Doherty of E&I Engineering, Letterkenny businessmen Enda Nicholls of Arena 7 and Mark McCloskey of Evolve Menswear, as well as Glenties man Brian McGill of the Harcourt Hotel and the Falcarragh-born publican Danny Doohan. The final shareholders are former Mayor of Letterkenny and digital media expert Damien Blake, who is joined by his wife Mary G. Blake, a teacher from Ballybofey.The non-shareholder directors are local journalist and broadcaster Lisa Burkitt, internationally-respected media ethics expert Professor Roy Greenslade, and businesswoman Grace Ann McGarvey of GA Consultancy in Letterkenny.Highland Radio, who currently boast the biggest listenership of all of Ireland’s local radio stations, also presented their submission.All applications were due to be submitted to the BAI by 12 noon today. It is expected that digital copies will be made available online shortly after the closing date.GLOVES OFF AS SUBMISSIONS MADE FOR DONEGAL’S RADIO LICENSE was last modified: September 23rd, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:DLFMHighland Radiolast_img read more

GOSSIP: Liverpool plot Mbappe bid, Arsenal in Lacazette talks, Aguero to PSG?

first_imgHere are the top football headlines and transfer-related stories in Saturday’s newspapers…Liverpool will submit a bid for Monaco’s in-demand 18-year-old striker Kylian Mbappe, if they believe the Frenchman would be keen to move to England. (The Times)Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has spoken to Mbappe to discuss a move to the Gunners and the teenager’s career plans. (L’Equipe)Meanwhile, Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane has reportedly told Mbappe he will sell one of his strikers if the France international joins the Spanish club. (L’Equipe)Arsenal are ready to sell Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain to Liverpool, with the 23-year-old midfielder likely to be one of seven players to leave the Gunners this summer. (The Independent)The Gunners have held further talks with Lyon over a club-record move for striker Alexandre Lacazette. The 26-year-old could cost the Gunners £49million, according to reports. (Daily Telegraph)Meanwhile, other reports claim Arsenal have made a £44m bid for the France international, and his arrival could mean compatriot Olivier Giroud leaving the Emirates Stadium. (The Guardian)Paris Saint-Germain are thought to be preparing a £60m bid for Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero. (The Times)Meanwhile, City will insist on a buy-back clause in any deal for 20-year-old striker Kelechi Iheanacho, who is a target for West Ham and Leicester City. (Daily Telegraph)Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney is struggling to find a new club, with suitors unwilling to meet his transfer fee or salary demands. (Daily Mirror)The Red Devils are making progress in their pursuit of 24-year-old striker Alvaro Morata, but have yet to agree a fee with Real Madrid. (ESPN)United are also interested in Barcelona’s 28-year-old left-back Jordi Alba, but a deal will be difficult to complete this summer. (ESPN)Chelsea have agreed a deal in principle with Monaco for 22-year-old midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko, with the transfer fee thought to be £35m. (Evening Standard)Stoke City have warned Arsenal not to pursue 24-year-old goalkeeper Jack Butland. (Stoke Sentinel)Everton’s 23-year-old winger Gerard Deulofeu is a target for Italian side Roma, as they look to replace new Liverpool signing Mohamed Salah. (Romanews)Watford have refused to meet Arsenal’s £15m asking price for left-back Kieran Gibbs. The Hornets have instead switched their attentions to 29-year-old Middlesbrough defender George Friend. (Evening Standard)Newcastle are close to completing an £8.7m deal for Eibar’s 26-year-old defender Florian Lejeune. FULL STORY HEREPremier League new boys Huddersfield are prepared to offer a club-record £11.5m for 22-year-old Montpellier striker Steve Mounie. (Daily Mirror)Here are the latest headlines:?Arsenal legend Robert Pires has urged the club to do all they can to keep Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil at the Emirates Stadium this seasonRonald de Boer has confirmed to talkSPORT that his brother, Frank de Boer, is close to being appointed the new manager of Crystal PalaceMonaco star says Manchester United approach would be ‘a tempting invitation’Manchester City midfielder Samir Nasri has been offered to Fenerbahce, according to reports in TurkeyJuventus have opened talks about a deal for Southampton defender Cedric Soares, according to reports in his native PortugalLyon agree £16.75m fee for Chelsea striker Bertrand Traore despite interest from Everton and West Ham Transfer rumours and paper review 1last_img read more