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Manx Radio says it needs an increase in public funding to maintain current levels of service.

The call comes as the station's annual report shows Manx Radio made a loss of well over £25,000 in the last financial year.

In his chairman's statement, David North says subvention funding has steadily reduced over the past three years and, unless the situation's reversed, Manx Radio will have to cut back on the wide-ranging public service it currently offers.

In Manx Radio's annual report which goes to Tynwald next week, David North says funding from both the public purse and advertising revenues have declined in recent years.

Despite cutbacks, which has included shedding staff, Mr North says it's disappointing the company has to declare a loss of £25,800 for 2010/11.

He says Manx Radio management performs a tight balancing act, seeking commerical revenue and controlling costs while delivering programming which is more than 98 per cent locally-produced.

He concludes the company's lived within a reduced budget for long enough and calls on government to restore the previously agreed funding, as approved by Tynwald, in the immediate future.

 

If you're losing advertising revenue that's probably your own fault. Someone I know went elsewhere because the advert was crap and the price was far too much.

He concludes the company's lived within a reduced budget for long enough

Tough

What do you think people who don't get pay rises and face rising gas, electricity, petrol and food prices every day do?

Welcome to the real world.

 

Stand on you own two feet like most other businesses do without having your arse cushioned and wiped with taxpayers money every year.

Other local stations seem to manage.

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Some reasons why Manx Radio is still losing money despite the subvention:

 

1. It employs far too many staff

2. Too many imported managers to show the natives how to do things

3. Despite some occasional good programming it's still dumbed down rubbish for much of the time

4. Too many people on executive level salaries

 

I'm sure there's plenty more but there's something on Radio 4 now that I want to listen to....

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They should have their budget reduced further, and further, until they are not government-funded at all.

That'd be great, then we could have another station which imports most of its programming and plays monotonous chart music over and over again, with every other word sponsored by a, probably off-Island, company.

We could replace Tynwald coverage, Sunday Opinion, Talking Heads, Mandate, Perspective and the 'specialist' programming (Jazz, Opera, Manx etc) with Pat Sharp's alternative chart countdown, brought to you by T-Mobile.

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The alternative appears to be a bloated trough of windbaggery that kisses Allan Bell's ass for a living, plays shite programmes that nobody wants to watch and will never, EVER take a hard look at anything the government is doing for fear of losing its subsidy.

 

If they can't make a living buy themselves, then fuck them: let them fail. Perhaps there will be room in the marketplace for the other stations to do less canned crap if the overpaid slackers at Manx Radio are out of the way

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Wasn't their take from adverts around £1million per year?,and the subvention from Government/Taxpayer £1million,plus this last year didn't Annie Craine as Treasury Minister give Manx Radio that rebate from the TV Licence,[somebody must know how much it was],well if they can't manage on that,it's time for a lot of pruning.

It will have to go back to the format it started with,DJ/Presenters doing 2 or 3 hour stints,including reading the news and weather,also start at the top,get rid of some of the top management.

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point taken Censorship, if you'd just like to write out a cheque for £25,800 and make it payable to IOM Govt

I'm not sure that's how public services work..I think we are all supposed to pay in for the 'greater good'. I'm sure not everyone listens to Tynwald coverage, which is why it is commercially unsustainable broadcasting which has to be supported by handouts from government, but we all pay, through our taxes, to ensure the broadcast is there for those that want it.

It is essentially the BBC model - you pay for it all, including the bits you don't like, to ensure the bits you like are there. Ipay my BBC licence fee, which funds Radio One, to ensure Radio 4 is there. It isn't that complicated.

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If they can't make a living buy themselves, then fuck them: let them fail. Perhaps there will be room in the marketplace for the other stations to do less canned crap if the overpaid slackers at Manx Radio are out of the way

We have two stations which don't get a subvention - are we happy with their public service output? If so, great, lets cut the funding. The simple reason Manx Radio gets taxpayer cash is to ensure someone is broadcasting something other than mediocre pop music and bought in UK programming 24 hours a day.

Take a look at today's schedules, as an example. Manx Radio has 1.5 hours of Mandate, 2 hours of Talking heads, a 15 minute Talking Heads highlights package, and 30 minutes of Agenda. Plus and hour of brass band music.

Three and Energy have music. That's all. In fact, Three FM has two hours during the day simply called 'More Music', as if it were possible to broadcast more music during those hours than during any other hour of their dire output.

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I would like to understand where the money is being "lost". Is it just in overheads or are there programms where the income/advertising does not meet the costs of that particular programme. If that is the case then it needs to be questioned whether the contents of those programms is sufficient to make the loss acceptable. E.g. it may be acceptabe that speech programmes covering local politics operate at a loss but not generic music programmes.

 

I have no idea whether the overnight programmes which appear to be imported in make money but if not, does the station really need to play music all night. Some of the music based programmes at night and in the evening seem to have little or no local content again if they lose money are they required?

 

Maybe they also need to look at the number of outside directors and what they are paid.

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