National govt makes ‘bullsh*t’ decision to silence Hutt Radio

Political considerations in this decision?

Hutt Radio volunteer John Regan in the station's studio at Naenae.

JARED NICOLL

Hutt Radio volunteer John Regan in the station’s studio at Naenae.

The government has made a ‘bullsh’t’ decision to silence Hutt Radio, according to its manager.

After about six years in operation, Hutt Radio will sign off for good from April 1 after the Ministry of Culture and Heritage decided to hand over its 106.1 FM frequency licence to Wellington Access Radio, which will shift away from 783 AM.

Hutt Radio general manager Rex Widerstrom described the frequency application process as “bullsh*t”.

Hutt Radio volunteer Ginny Brewer reads the news at the station in Naenae.

JARED NICOLL

Hutt Radio volunteer Ginny Brewer reads the news at the station in Naenae.

He felt it was unfair for the ministry to challenge his station’s future financial stability because while NZ On Air gave funding to access radio, it gave none to Hutt Radio.

“So the people who are responsible for starving us of funds then turned around and said ‘we don’t believe you’re viable because you’re starved of funds’.”

Hutt Radio volunteers offer time on air for free while Access radio charges users.

He criticised any doubt over his station’s ability to extend its coverage from the 25,000 or so listeners it claims already tune in each week.

Hutt City Council had allocated $5000 for repeater transmissions, which would now have to be handed back.

Read more:

http://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/77557640/government-makes-bullsht-decision-to-silence-hutt-radio-manager-says

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