Manx Radio

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Manx Radio
(Radio Manx Ltd.)
Manx Radio logo.png
The Manx Radio logo since 2009.
City Douglas
Broadcast area Isle of Man
Slogan The Nation's Station
Frequency 1368 kHz AM, 89.0 MHz FM, 89.5 MHz FM, 97.2 MHz FM, 103.7 MHz FM
First air date since 29 June 1964
(53 years, 356 days)
Format General/Entertainment
Language(s) English/Manx
Owner Isle of Man Treasury (Main shareholder)
Sister stations Radio TT (Only on-air during
the Isle of Man TT races)

Manx Radio (legally Radio Manx Ltd.[1]) (Manx: Radio Vannin) is the national commercial radio station for the Isle of Man.

The station began broadcasting on 29 June 1964, almost ten years before commercial radio was licensed in the United Kingdom. The Isle of Man, having its own government and laws, was not subject to the rules prohibiting commercial broadcasting in the UK. However, the Manx Government still had to apply to the UK's General Post Office for a frequency and for permission to broadcast. First requested in 1960, a licence was eventually granted in May 1964.

The station was allocated an FM frequency of 89.0 MHz and a comparatively low power of 50 watts. In October 1964, an additional frequency of 1600 kHz AM was allocated to the station to provide greater coverage, although again at a limited power of 50 watts.

Manx Radio broadcasts mainly in English with a few hours a week devoted to broadcasting in Manx. During the Isle of Man TT some programmes are broadcast in other European languages, such as French and German.

Current frequencies[edit]

Manx Radio now broadcasts on 1368 kHz AM to the whole island; 89.0 MHz (from Snaefell) for the north of the island; 97.2 MHz FM (from Douglas/Carnane) for the south of the island; and 103.7 MHz (from Jurby) for the island's hills. Additional low-power transmitters cover Ramsey and Peel on a frequency of 89.5 MHz.

=Financial Dependency[edit]

Despite claiming to be a commercial radio station, Manx Radio is heavily dependent on the taxpayers of the Isle of Man. Manx Radio receives a Government subsidy of nearly £1 million per year. In 2017 the subvention was £875,000. [2]. In 2018 Manx Radio demanded an additional £250,000 from Tynwald to cover the 2018 TT on top of its £875,000 taxpayer-funded subvention. [3]

In 2017 Manx Radio made a loss of £80,000 last year - after losing more than £48,000 the previous year.[4]

Treasury has also put a stop to Manx Radio’s £969,000 capital plan to expand and develop Broadcasting House. [5]

Company structure[edit]

Manx Radio is the island's public service broadcaster. It was originally run by the Isle of Man Broadcasting Commission, a state-owned body, under the name Isle of Man Broadcasting Company. In 1980 the company was moved to an arms-length operation using the name Radio Manx Limited (the on-air name did not change). Since 1994, the shares in Radio Manx Limited have been held by the Manx Radio Trust, further distancing the station from Tynwald. Nevertheless, the company remains responsible to Tynwald and its operations are reviewed annually.

Radio TT[edit]

During the Isle of Man TT races, the 1368 kHz frequency becomes Manx Radio TT, providing news and results on the races. The service is also available on 87.9 FM in Douglas and 100.6 FM in Sulby. Regulars Chris Williams, Chris Kinley and Tim Glover can all be heard each day, John Moss presents the Radio TT news bulletins.

In May 2012, Radio TT was re-branded as Manx Radio TT 365 to signify that the station was available to listen to throughout the year via the internet. The service incorporated archive commentary recordings with classic music tracks, as well as the TT fortnight broadcasts. However, after less than a year the service was subsequently closed.

Manx Radio TT recommenced its usual service in May 2013. In 2015 and 2016, the service was broadcast as Vauxhall Radio TT.

From 2019 the coverage of the TT will be put out to commercial tender. This was the result of Manx Radio demanding an additional £250,000 to provide TT coverage in 2018. A settlement of £100,000 was agreed up - this figure was still double the amount paid to Manx Radio in 2016. [6]


English language presenters[edit]

Manx language presenters[edit]

Manx Radio news[edit]

Manx Radio employs eight broadcast journalists, responsible for hourly news bulletins and the flagship thrice-daily programme Mandate, broadcast at breakfast (7:30-8:30am), lunchtime (1-1:15pm) and drivetime (5-5:30pm).

News staff[edit]