Commercial broadcasters to close

Two commercial radio stations in Shropshire and Worcestershire are to close at the end of the year.

The Severn, which covers Shropshire and The Wyre which serves North Worcestershire, are run by Midlands News Association.

A spokesman for the company, said the stations had found it hard to trade profitably in the "very challenging" economic conditions.

There may be a small number of compulsory redundancies.

The company, which owns the Wolverhampton-based Express and Star and the Shropshire Star newspapers, said it would make every effort to keep redundancies to a minimum.

The broadcasting licences will be handed back to the broadcast regulator, Ofcom.

The Wyre opened in September 2005. The Severn was formerly known as Telford FM and opened in 1999.

Coverage was extended to Shrewsbury and Oswestry in 2006.

The station was rebranded as The Severn in September 2010.

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