Two become one as Bute radio stations merge

Bute FM and Radio Bute have agreed to merge and to broadcast, on FM and online, as Bute Island Radio.
Bute FM and Radio Bute have agreed to merge and to broadcast, on FM and online, as Bute Island Radio.

Bute’s two radio stations are set to begin broadcasting as one after the terms of a merger were agreed.

The final stand-alone programmes on Bute FM and Radio Bute were broadcast on Sunday; as this story is published, the two stations are temporarily off the air to allow the transfer of equipment into premises on the first floor at 7 Castle Street in Rothesay, with the hope that broadcasts on the merged station - to be known as Bute Island Radio - can begin, on FM and online, later on Monday, March 16.

Bute FM, which hit the island’s airwaves in July 2009, was followed by the internet-only Radio Bute in October 2012, set up by a group of former Bute FM volunteers.

Since the summer of 2014, the two stations have operated separately from different parts of the same building in Castle Street, with Radio Bute on the first floor and Bute FM on the second.

The newly-merged station will operate under the umbrella of parent company Bute Community Media Ltd, which was granted a five-year renewal of its FM community radio licence by regulator Ofcom in July 2014.