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Local radio is dying—taking local culture with it

Stations are being closed down and community voices are gradually being erased

By Lucinda Smyth  

Earlier this year, the media conglomerate Global Radio announced that it would be culling the majority of its local breakfast and drivetime shows on Smooth, Heart and Capital. Around 60 shows will be replaced overall and local news bulletins will be remodelled. This comes on the heels of a series of depressing developments for local culture. Recent research published by Press Gazette shows that, since 2005, 245 local newspapers have closed. Of the 127 libraries shut down across the UK last year, a high number belonged to small cities or towns.…

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