REGIONAL radio station Spin South West’s news service has been moved to Dublin with the loss of three jobs.
The youth station, which is based in Limerick, has had its news service centralised to Dublin sister station Spin 1038.
Two staff have been made redundant as a result of the decision, while another staff member has left the station for another job.
Management in the station, based in the Landmark Building in Raheen’s Industrial Estate, declined to comment on the decision, which it is believed has been signed off on by the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI).
However the Limerick Leader can reveal that the news broadcast since Tuesday on Spin South West has been coming from Dublin, where Spin 1038 have slightly changed the focus of their bulletins to accommodate the move.
The news on Spin South West was known as ‘the Lowdown’ and was broadcast at a quarter to the hour to differentiate it from other stations.
Spin in both Limerick and Dublin boast very similar content, yet both are independently managed and run.
Spin South West, which broadcasts on 102-103 and 94.7 FM, was launched in June 2007 and has been broadcasting since July of that year.
A regional radio station aimed at 15-34 year olds, it broadcasts to Clare, Limerick, Kerry, North Tipperary and South West Laois.
Staffing levels in the station currently lie at 23 people. Spin had 35 staff when the station was started in 2007, but these have not been replaced as they have left over the past five years.
CEO Aevann Upton, from Castleconnell, is currently on maternity leave since October, and her position has been split between programme director Nessa McGann and sales manager Julie White.
The station is operated by Spin South West Limited, a consortium including Denis O’Brien’s Communicorp Group Limited. It is owned by a group of shareholders including Clare Community Radio Holdings plc, Communicorp Group Ltd, Jerry Kennelly, John O’Connor, Liam O’Shea and Keith Wood.
The decision to centralise the news service was taken for economic reasons, the Leader understands, and declining advertising spend in the region.
Sport coverage on the station will remain distinctly regional, it is believed.