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Tuesday, 25th September

Tony Attwood, Better Radio Northants Ltd confirmed as applicant for Northants AM/FM licence

As we exclusively revealed way back on Monday, 11th June, the competing applicant for the Northants FM and AM radio licence is Better Radio Northants Ltd, whose head co-ordinator is Tony Attwood, the businessman and author. From the Better Radio website:

Better Radio Northants will broadcast separate services on FM and AM. Both will be entertaining and informative, reliable and authoritative. They will provide locally committed news, speech and features blended with music relevant to the lives of Northamptonshire people.

Better Radio Northants logo
The team behind the Better Radio Northants application consists of several well-known figures, including Bob Warman of Central News. Their website offers background information about the station's backers:

Louise Botting, CBE
Louise has substantial business interests and through her company, Douglas Deakin Young, she is a professional pension trustee to Channel Four, Blackwells, W H Smith and The Institute of Practitioners of Advertising. During the 1990's she served on the main boards of Trinity Newspapers and CGU (formerly General Accident). For some years Louise held a public office as a member of the Top Salaries Review Body. Two years ago she was appointed to the board of Camelot, the operators of The National Lottery. She was awarded the CBE in 1992. In 1977 Louise became the presenter of BBC Radio Four's Money Box - a post she held until 1992. In 1995 she chaired the consortium who were awarded the new local radio licence for Stratford-upon-Avon, launching as The Bear in1996, which under her guidance has always operated profitably.

Sir Henry Aubrey-Fletcher
Henry has a thorough understanding of independent radio. He has served on the board of First Oxfordshire Radio Company Limited (Fox FM) since 1989, as Finance Director and Company Secretary before becoming Chairman last year. In 1993, he took a leading part in the creation of Mix 96 in Aylesbury and has served as a Non-Executive Director on the boards of a number of small local radio stations. Henry works in the community serving on the executive of the Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire Naturalist Trust and is currently Chairman of the Bucks branch of the Country Landowners' Association. He is a trustee of the National Trust. He formerly served as Her Majesty's High Sheriff of Buckinghamshire.

Bob Warman
Bob Warman is Carlton Television's senior presenter and has become one of the Midlands most famous and trusted faces. He has been working in television in the region since 1973, from the ATV era to the present day and is one of the longest serving newsmen in regional broadcasting. In radio, Bob was a founding director of FM 102 The Bear in Stratford-upon-Avon, and was until recently, Chairman of Centre FM which serves south-east Staffordshire. His business activities include the Birmingham-based Warman Group public relations company where he is Chief Executive. His clients include English Partnerships in Telford, West Midlands Co-op, Wesleyan Assurance and Sport England. Bob is a founder member of the Development Board of Macmillan Cancer Care and a founder member of the Princess Royal Trust for Carers.

Tony Attwood
Tony Attwood has lived and worked in Northamptonshire for 20 years. He owns Hamilton House Mailings Ltd. and First & Best in Education Ltd. employing 25 full time and 40 part time staff from around the county in offices and warehousing in Corby. Tony has also written and published over 70 books, ranging from BBC TV tie-ins such as Blake's 7 and Doctor Who, through to academic works on the organisation and structure of schools. Tony's interest in radio is longstanding. He was a central figure in the unsuccessful Eleanor Radio bid for the Northants Radio franchise some 16 years ago and in the 1980's he was the publisher of the Radio Advertisers Guide and Radio Directory.

Roger Dickens, CBE DL
Roger is the former deputy UK Senior Partner of KPMG. He led the firm to become the foremost professional practice in the Midlands and led the reorganisation and unification of the UK firm. Roger has advised on an extensive range of management and financial issues at board level to many major businesses including Boots, IMI and British Midland. He is currently chairman of iSOFT - a software development company serving the Healthcare market - and chairman of the West Bromwich Building Society where he oversees the provision of a range of financial services to over 400,000 members, as well as 700 staff and assets of 2.5 billion. He was awarded the CBE in 1997 for services to industry.

Stephen Oates (Application Co-ordinator)
Stephen Oates is an accomplished radio executive, with immense experience and a well established reputation for successfully launching and operating radio stations. Stephen originally practised as a Chartered Surveyor but in 1989, he put together the team which won the licence for Isle of Wight Radio - a station which launched on medium wave and helped set the scene for broadcasting in the 1990's. In 1993 he launched Wessex FM which, despite a capitalisation of only 172,500, quickly moved into profit achieving a 12% return in its first year. In 1996 he established another highly successful smaller scale station, Spirit FM in West Sussex, profitably managing the station for more than four years in a very competitive area. More recently he has worked for CN Group supervising the successful acquisition of Kix 96 Ltd in Coventry and Oak FM in Loughborough, and winning a radio licence for South Cumbria.

The current holders of the licence are Northants 96 and Classic Gold Digital 1557.

Related links:
Northants radio station listings on this site
Better Radio Northants website.
Tony Attwood's website.

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