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Tendering Incremental Contract – Independent Local Radio

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Classification: Uncategorised

File: A/A59/0403/07

Box: 3995258

Summary of Document

This file charts the process of the establishment of an incremental local radio contract from application stage to selection stage. After selection the file detailed the issues the successful applicant had in funding the station and in its reception. The final letter indicated that the investors had taken over the station.

The area concerned was in Essex called Tendering, which stretched from Felixstowe, over to Manningtree and back down to Clacton-on-Sea and Frinton-on-Sea. Included in the file were contract evaluation forms highlighting the pros and cons of each applicant.

The file showed the decision-making process, and other unexpected problems that arose in the process. One of the ultimately unsuccessful applicants had leased office space to a company that sold audio pornography, a fact that was subsequently exposed in the local paper.

The group that won the bid, Tendering Radio, had a difficult start, which included losing financial backing, and eventual reorganisation. After finally going on the air as Mellow 1557 a year later, transmission problems helped lead to its eventual take over by investors in 1991.

Documents:

Press Release

Memorandum dated 5 February 1990 from Steve Perkins to Paul Brown

Memorandum dated 21 November 1990 from Steve Perkins to Mark Thomas

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