Ipswich: Radio split denied after studios move across town

ICR has moved to a new office

ICR has moved to a new office

Ipswich’s community radio station has denied it is at loggerheads with its former landlord despite moving to new premises in the town.

Ipswich Community Radio (ICR) has been broadcasting for several years and until the end of last year it was broadcast from the offices of the CSV Media Clubhouse in Portman Road.

However the board of ICR resigned at the end of last year and the station was then given notice to quit its studios in the CSV Media Clubhouse.

It has now moved with new management to new offices in Turret Lane.

Former ICR volunteer Doug Coombes said he and his colleagues had been disappointed to find out that CSV Media Clubhouse had started producing an internet radio station, IOR from its offices in Portman Road.

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He feared the two radio stations could be competing for the same audience and that could make it difficult for ICR to get advertising money.

His claims were rejected by ICR director Roland Foster, who said: “I would like to make it clear that Mr Coombes does not represent ICR and has not had a programme on the station since last year”.

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Bruce McGregor from CSV Media Clubhouse said the new Ipswich Online Radio was a training facility – aimed at teaching young people aged between 16 and 24 how to work in the media.

He said: “We see the two organisations as complementary, not in competition.”

CSV was offering media training in a difficult financial climate. It needed to ensure it was able to provide the best possible media training.

“We are a media club house and always have been,” he added.

“Even before ICR came along we did media training – it is about giving a voice to local people.”

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