'Have a Heart, don't move our radio station' - plea

Campaign to keep Heart in Dunstable

A loyal Heart listener has launched an online campaign to try to stop the Dunstable-based radio station moving to new offices in Milton Keynes.

The station, in Chiltern Road, is leaving town as a result of the new OFCOM regulations (Digital Economy Act 2010) which enables local stations to co-locate and programme share within defined areas around the country.

According to a Heart spokesperson, the move has come about in order to relieve some of the financial pressure on radio operators.

Global, who own Heart, has looked at the OFCOM map and has now spent 7 million to create 15 centres of broadcasting excellence for the network across the UK.

The Dunstable team will relocate to new offices in Vincent Avenue, Crownhill, Milton Keynes, next week.

Jo Dawkins, 39, of Hever Close, Pitstone, launched a Facebook campaign to halt the move. The web page now has more than 750 followers and is growing daily.

She is worried that the move could spell the end of all the local news the station normally reports on.

The mum also fears for the popular presenters who currently front the show.

But a Heart spokesman said they were unable to comment on presenters at this stage and that the station would announce the breakfast and drivetime presenters for each area later this month.

The Dunstable-based station will become part of Heart Home Counties, which will broadcast local breakfast and drivetime shows. Heart say there will be 'enhanced' local news on the hour throughout the day.

Jo said she is interested to see how many people join the Facebook campaign and that she would continue to email the signed petition to Heart.

To join the campaign log onto http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=136077916419175&ref=mf or http://www.petitiononline.com/mod_perl/petition-sign.cgi?SAVEBABS