#SaveSpiritFM: new owners respond to petition

The new owners of Spirit FM have responded after thousands of listeners signed a petition to save the Chichester-based radio station.

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The move upset thousands of loyal listeners who have shown their support for the #SaveSpiritFM campaign by signing a petition: Save Spirit FMAs of 10am on Tuesday, June 2, the number of signatures stands at 6,705.

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"We want to reassure those listeners that the station is not closing, but is evolving to reflect the changing media landscape in order to ensure its future success matches its rich history.

“The station will retain local content that listeners highly value such as local news, information, traffic and travel, local charitable activity and will retain its presence in the community, as well as reflecting the major events and stories that are important to listeners.”

Former Spirit FM presenter Steve Freegard fell in love with radio as a child but said he is concerned for the future of Spirit FM's local output. Read more: 'We need West Sussex to help us' says Spirit FM presenter