On 19th November 2017 Auckland Hospital Radio’s Trustees met to vote a name for a brand new radio service which would broadcast to Bishop Auckland Hospital, Darlington Memorial Hospital and The Richardson Hospital in Barnard Castle.
Since 2014 Radio Skerne have been broadcasting to Darlington Memorial Hospital from Auckland Hospital Radio’s Studios in Bishop Auckland. The partnership created an opportunity for the services to come together and form a stronger hospital radio service for South Durham.
On 31st August 2017, due to low numbers of volunteers and a need to upgrade current studio space, the remaining Radio Skerne Trustees decided to fold the charity. Existing members joined Auckland Hospital Radio and the two services merged.
It was decided that due to the new audience, a name to reflect this change was to be chosen to rebrand the service. A public competition was launched to help with the change and John Gaines of Bishop Auckland was declared the winner after choices were shortlisted down to two names.
The new service is now to be known as Prince Bishops Hospital Radio.
Chris Nisbet, Trustee and PR Manager said:
“It was great to get the public involved in such an important decision. As we approach our 40th Year in 2018 it is a new chapter in Hospital Radio in South Durham
Since the decision was made on the 19th November the team have been working around the clock to rebrand the service and worked with designers to come up with a new logo and brand. We hope to change the on air sound early 2018″
Chairman of Prince Bishops Hospital Radio gave his thoughts on the new name:
“We are very excited about the change. 2018 is an important year for the charity and hopefully see the service go from strength to strength. We have always had good support from the public and they really got involved with this important change. As a charity entirely run by volunteers and funded by donations and fundraising, we have to collaborate anywhere we can to bring quality programming for those unfortunate to find themselves in hospital. We broadcast 24 hours a day to the patients, staff and visitors of Bishop Auckland, Richardson and now to Darlington Memorial Hospital”
In 2018 our studio facility at Bishop Auckland Hospital will receive an upgrade and we will open a second studio at Darlington Memorial Hospital, this will allow our volunteers to operate out of both hospitals and to increase the number of live programmes and request shows.