INISHOWEN Community Radio will emerge stronger and better, its new boss has said.
In a statement the new chairman of the board at the excellent community station, Gerard Moyne, also said the decision to leave journalists standing outside an emergency meeting last week was “a mistake.”
The statement went on: “Prior to the meeting the board of directors decided to hold it in private which led to local media being prevented from entering.
“The newly elected board now understands that this decision was incorrect and media outlets should have been granted entry.
“Looking back on it now, members of the media should have been granted access to the meeting as ICRfm is a publically funded organisation. Currently, the station is in a period of great change as the new board sets about addressing the serious issues that have come to light in recent months.
“ICR is a community station and the wider Inishowen community should be made fully aware of how the station conducts its business as the station is there to serve the local public. It is for this reason that local newspapers should have been able to report from inside the EGM.
“Over the years ICRfm has built up a tremendously beneficial relationship with local newspapers which has helped to raise the profile of the station amongst the public as well as improving the output and coverage of local news and events.
“The new board is very keen to continue this into the future and would like to think it could be further developed.
“The new board has been in dialogue with all stakeholders involved with the station since the EGM and will continue with this process in the coming weeks in order to resolve all outstanding challenges which the station faces.
“There is a strong will for the station to overcome its current difficulties which is extremely heartening to see. The problems won’t be addressed overnight but I am confident the station will emerge stronger and better as a result of this dialogue.”Tags: