Island FM moves into new studios after 32 years

Island FM has moved into new studios in Guernsey’s capital, St Peter Port.

The station has relocated for the first time in its history, vacating its original premises in St Sampson after 32 years.

Presenters including James Bentley, Carl Ward and David Francis will broadcast their shows from the new complex, which is also home to Island FM’s news and sales teams.

Owners Tindle Radio say the new building is a substantial investment in local broadcasting.

The company also owns Jersey’s Channel 103 and classic hits service Soleil Radio, which serves the Channel Islands.

Island FM’s managing director, James Keen, said: “In a world of media consolidation, it is a rare occasion to be able to open a new radio station building – and our new location in the heart of St Peter Port underscores Island FM’s commitment to be even closer to our listeners and advertisers.”

The new studios were officially opened by Guernsey’s Lieutenant-Governor, the King’s official representative on the island.

Guernsey’s Lieutenent-Governor declares the station open.

After cutting the green ribbon and unveiling a plaque, Lt Gen Richard Cripwell said: “Investing in something so state-of-the-art, so right-up-to-the-minute, is a very special thing in Guernsey and perhaps doesn’t happen as long as it possibly should do.

“I am a huge supporter of radio, particularly in small communities. As a soldier, in the past, I have lived in some of those small communities and that voice really does make a difference to an individual.

“The way in which it promotes social connection between people is hugely, hugely important.

“Thank you for this huge vote of confidence in our community.”

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