The very popular Coastline FM English language radio station has had to cease broadcasting on FM today after being told to stop by the regional government, the Junta de Andalucia. Coastline has been broadcasting since 1989 and this news has come as a shock to the radio station and its large band of loyal listeners.

Coastline FM was the first English language radio station to operate on the Coast when it started 24 years ago and the company says that they are working with the Junta de Andalucia to resolve this licensing issue. In theory over 100 other broadcasters are also affected, although many are continuing to operate. In a statement Coastline FM said that they hope the shutdown is only temporary and that “it is a technicality/paperwork issue – but we want to work with the Junta rather than proceed and risk large fines.”

Listeners can still get the station online, but for now the FM radio broadcasts have stopped from 6pm today.

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I don't think Coastline is the best radio station around (just my opinion) - for english language radio I always go for RSA Axarquia which is not full of MOR music for the easily pleased, but is mostly bought in english talkie programs from radio stations around the world plus BBC World Service. It also produces a few programs of its own which you can find out about on its website. However it is not fair for Coastline to be shut down if they are being treated differently to other (spanish) stations that also have licensing issues. Is there evidence for this? Anyway, for those missing Coastline, just buy a few Now Thats What I Call Music CDs from the 80s & 90s and a couple of 60s and 70s compilations and you have created the Coastline Radio playlist. Repeat to your heart's content!!
by Danny

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