Close of Gwent Broadcasting - 1985

Apr 24, 2016, 08:58 AM

A station's closure is always sad. High hopes dashed, usually when the money fails to flow through the door in sufficient quantity to pay the milk bill.

Gwent Broadcasting (GB Radio) launched from Newport, South Wales in 1983, promoted by one of those thin flex-discs through letterboxes. After a period of financial difficulty, it closed in April 1985 and the transmitters relayed neighbouring Red Dragon from Cardiff. The two stations then formally merged.

Alongside Centre in Leicester, these two stations were the key casualties in ILR's early expansion.