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Former editor and hotelier among group in bid for popular Donegal radio station

Seamus McKinney derry@irishnews.com

FORMER tabloid newspaper editor and a Belfast hotelier are among a business group seeking a licence to operate a radio station in Co Donegal.

Former Daily Mirror editor Roy Greenslade, pictured, has joined forces with the owner of Belfast's Benedict's hotel, Patrick Simpson, in a consortium which hopes to win the licence to operate a radio station in north Donegal from next year.

The consortium also includes Derry City football club chairman Philip O'Doherty and business interests in Co Donegal.

Highland Radio is popular on both sides of the border with a huge support base in West Tyrone and Derry.

The station has held the licence to broadcast in north Donegal since it was first granted and is currently owned by Galway businessman Gerry Rabbitt.

Mr Greenslade, who is also a professor of journalism, said he joined the bid because he believed ownership of local radio should come from within the community it serves.

The Broadcast Authority of Ireland will start the formal process to decide on who should win the Donegal licence next week with a decision expected in January.

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