Following the announcement on Friday 7 December 2017 that Coventry has been chosen as the UK City of Culture 2021 over Paisley, the Paisley FM team bidding to bring a radio station back to the town say people should still ‘keep an eye on Paisley’.
Bob McWilliam from the Paisley FM (2017) applicant says: “This is obviously disappointing, particularly for everyone involved in the Paisley 2021 bid, but there is still an excellent opportunity to bring together people, keep the momentum going and collective goodwill across Paisley & Renfrewshire built up over the years of the Paisley 2021 UK City of Culture campaign.”
While the Paisley FM (2017) application has been with Ofcom, the team has been busy, particularly during The Spree festival in Paisley in the autumn.
Bob added: “Various performances and interviews with Paisley area singers and songwriters were recorded during The Spree for future FM transmission, should Paisley FM be awarded a licence.”
Many elements of the proposed programme of cultural activity in Paisley could still happen. Arts & Business Scotland’s Culture & Business Fund Scotland stands ready to offer match funding to local businesses supporting cultural projects in and around Paisley and Renfrewshire.
Paisley FM made application to Ofcom in July 2017 for a community radio licence award and is waiting on an award decision.
Paisley FM director Annie McGuire, who is also a lecturer at the University of the West of Scotland whose Paisley Campus is a partner with Paisley FM commented: “We’re disappointed but the bid process means there is a powerful network of people totally committed to helping improve Paisley’s lot. Many of the good things planned will still happen and Paisley FM will be one of them should Ofcom award us a licence. At Paisley FM we’re now looking to the future and to build on partnerships and the incredible confidence the Paisley 2021 bid created”
- Picture shows the crowd of people at the Paisley 2021 bid HQ waiting for the decision live on television on Thursday 7 November 2017.