Ed Miliband has lent his support to Premier Christian Radio which is danger of going off the airwaves because its Digital One license has not yet been agreed. The station's contract ran out on 20 December.
Premier has been granted an extension until the end of March but it is thought that Premier could be replaced by a pop music broadcaster.
Following talks breaking down between Premier and the national DAB network, owned by Arqiva, Ed Miliband told the Christian station: “I know the importance of Premier Radio. He added: “I really hope that there’s a way in which Premier Radio can continue to broadcast because I think it’s a really important outlet for lots of listeners. There’ll be lots of people hoping that a way can be found for it to carry on”.
Chief Executive of Premier Radio, Peter Kerridge, said: “Despite months of negotiations with Arqiva, we have been unable to secure the renewal of our Digital One licence. But we still hope and pray for a last minute reprieve from eviction from the national network.”