Privatize Manxradio

The obligations of a PSB can also be performed by contracting special programs of public interest (language, culture, politics, local sports) to a privatized broadcast corporation. Also Manx language program can be produced by Culture Vannin etc.

1,14 M turnover contains engineering services, sponsored programs etc.

Real airtime sales are said to be 550k - less than 3fm. The oldest audience of the 3 IOM stations is worth less on the ad market. 

If merged with 3fm and energyfm (which is an old idea) or just independently privatized, there is a tremendous savings potential.


Why the contribution is important


Major part of 875k direct subsidies except for special programming of public interest (these are not jazz, classic or country music!)

Public pensions

outsourcing transmitter and MUX operations (need to be paid from turnover)

2 overpaid positions. We don't need a wining and dining MD. In contrast Ron from 3fm is on the mic himself and does KAM.

Replace Broadcast house (difficult to access in winter and by disabled) by a commercial facility potentially shared with other broadcasters 

by McDonald on April 10, 2017 at 08:00PM

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  • Posted by OldSailor April 10, 2017 at 22:08

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  • Posted by Yukiyama April 11, 2017 at 08:42

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  • Posted by ManxVoter April 11, 2017 at 09:34

    Nonsense - our national broadcaster must be upgraded to offer a visual online broadcasting service, and the BBC must pay for it (but not have any influence in broadcasting content)
  • Posted by Shale April 11, 2017 at 11:38

    Great idea, will save. They could self-fund by sponsorship and advertising, inv olving big players/companies from across. Also increasing population at same time.
  • Posted by gbk April 11, 2017 at 11:50

    Manx Radio needs to stand on its own.
  • Posted by dpfellows April 11, 2017 at 14:29

    A fundamental principle with all taxpayer funded services is to ask the question - why do taxpayers need to fund this?

    If I am reading the capital expenditure budget in the Pink Book correctly over £1 million is allocated in the current budget for maintenance of Broadcasting House. Again why?
  • Posted by Maclirmanannan April 12, 2017 at 20:47

    Good idea merging with other stations. Shared services, joint advertising campaigns, economies of scale etc. Instead of BBC Radio 1,2,3 - Manx Radio 1,2,3. Saving must be at least £500k.
  • Posted by kenmac April 13, 2017 at 13:59

    Manx Radio is long past its sell date, we don't need a national broadcaster in the digital age.
  • Posted by madeleine April 16, 2017 at 00:56

    Manx radio is a relic. There is no need for it to continue to receive a government subsidy of nearly a million pounds. Simply outrageous, merge Manx radio with one or more of the commercial stations or close.
  • Posted by ManxVoter April 24, 2017 at 11:25

    We need an online visual broadcaster
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