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Funds crisis forces Feile FM off air

Heartbroken volunteers at a west Belfast community radio station have delivered their last broadcast.

Yesterday the Belfast Telegraph revealed the station, Feile FM, was facing an uncertain future after running out of cash.

The Feile an Phobail committee, responsible for running the station, issued a statement last night confirming the closure due to “unsustainable” overhead costs.

The station’s 40 shows a week were presented and produced by a team of almost 100 volunteers.

Feile had been broadcasting since 1996, first hitting the airwaves in west Belfast before going online in 2004.

It received a full-time licence from Ofcom in 2005.

Volunteers had raised funds for March’s overheads but it wasn’t enough to save the station.

Belfast Telegraph