Christian station hands back licence after FM 'snub'

Ireland’s only Christian radio station, Solas AM, has handed back its licence in protest at the Broadcasting Commission’s refusal to award it an FM licence.

Solas said an FM licence would have put it on an equal footing with other stations.

It was the first religious station to be granted a licence.

A spokeman put the cost of running and maintaining the station at between five and 10 times the cost of doing the same on the FM band.

“Almost every other segment of Irish society seems to be catered for on the airwaves except for those with Christian religious beliefs,” the spokesman added.

By Des Cryan in Dublin

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