The chairman of DLFM, the consortium who today lost their bid for a broadcasting licence to Highland Radio, has confirmed they intended to open a studio in Carndonagh.
Inishowen man Paddy Simpson, whose family’s business portfolio includes Brunswick Moviebowl in Springtown, Derry and the Tul na Ri in Carndonagh, expressed his disappointment over the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland decision to award Highland Radio the broadcasting contract for North Donegal.
He said: “I and my fellow shareholders in DLFM are very disappointed with today’s decision by the BAI. DLFM put forward very strong proposals for a world class radio station which would have served the people of Donegal very well.
“Our proposals were very inclusive of all the communities in Donegal and would have seen a new studio in Carndonagh as well as a studio in Letterkenny. We had exciting plans for new programme formats and new voices which regrettably will not now be brought to air.”
He added: “I want to thank the DLFM team for their hard work and commitment and while equally disappointed, I know they will join with me in congratulating Highland Radio and wishing the station continued success. Local radio is a hugely important service for all the communities in North Donegal and it is important that we have a strong and vibrant radio station in situ.”
DLFM was led by a consortium of experienced and successful Donegal business people. In addition to Paddy Simpson and Charlie Collins, shareholders in DLFM included 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; the Falcarragh-born publican Danny Doohan; former Mayor of Letterkenny and digital media expert Damien Blake and his wife Mary G. Blake, a teacher from Ballybofey.