Collins in bid for Highland Radio

Collins in bid for Highland Radio
The former Managing Director of Highland Radio, Charlie Collins, has joined with Carndonagh businessman, Paddy Simpson, in a bid to take over the station.

The former Managing Director of Highland Radio, Charlie Collins, has joined with Carndonagh businessman, Paddy Simpson, in a bid to take over the station.

According to a report in Sunday Times, Mr Collins is seeking to return in what looks set to become a takeover tussle when Highland’s operating licence - granted by the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland - comes up for renewal next year.

Collins was a board director until stepping down in January 2012.

In June this year, he resigned as manager after 22 years, saying his decision to leave was both “difficult and painful”.

Days later, the station’s main presenter, Shaun Doherty was appointed as “acting managing director”.

Collins has joined a consortium planning to bid for the licence in company with Paddy Simpson, owner of Derry’s Brunswick Superbowl, and Enda Nicholls, owner of Letterkenny’s Arena 7 entertainment centre.