September 25, 2009

Christian radio broadcasts nationwide


by Benjamin Graham

A Christian radio station has made broadcasting history by becoming the first religious station to broadcast nationwide.

Premier Christian Radio hit the DAB digital airwaves across the UK on Monday to the acclaim of Christian leaders.

Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu, said: “It’s good to know that [Premier’s] special blend of broadcasting will now reach the parts it never used to reach.”

Bishop of Bristol, Mike Hill, added: “I am absolutely delighted that Premier is going national, it can now keep up the good work not only in London, but nationwide – extending the reach of Christian debate, news and entertainment to everybody in the country.”

Church bells across the country, including in Winchester, Leicester, Suffolk, Lincoln, Ipswich, Newbury, Norwich and Landaff, rang in support of Premier’s nationwide launch.

Premier’s bid to win a nationwide DAB license was initially rejected by Ofcom in 2007, but the regulator later reversed its decision.

“This is an historic moment, for radio and for Christians across the country who have expressed a need for a permanent nation Christian radio station for years,” said Premier Radio chief executive Peter Kerridge.

“The hard work, prayers and faith of our staff and supporters has paid off.”

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