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Bristol's 1020 Radio to shut down this month citing "covid and ongoing rising costs”"

The team behind the station described the shutting of the station as a "difficult decision"

Bristol's 1020 Radio to shut down this month citing "covid and ongoing rising costs”"

Bristol's 1020 Radio is to cease broadcasting at the end of May.

Citing hangovers from the COVID-19 pandemic as well as rising costs associated with the cost of living crisis, the team behind the online radio station said it was a "difficult decision" to finish broadcasting. The station's last day of broadcasting will be 28th May.

Writing on Instagram, 1020 Radio said: "As many of you know the last few years have been very difficult for many small businesses, and unfortunately we are another casualty of COVID and ongoing rising costs. 

"Over the next month there will be a bunch of shows to send off the station and a closing party that you are all welcome to (more info to come!). From all the team at 1020 Radio it has been a pleasure and an incredible experience for us over the last eight years. We are truly gutted to be informing you all of this news.

"We want to give a big shout-out to everyone who's contributed, listened, supported, and partied with us over the past eight years. You've all made it an unforgettable journey, and we're forever grateful for your support."

Launched in 2015, 1020 Radio had been a hub for underground electronic music in Bristol with a number of locals and guests from further afield hosting shows.

Last year, another Bristol-based independent radio station,, closed after two years of operations, also citing rising costs and soaring energy bills.

Read DJ Mag's 2022 feature on the fight to keep independent radio on air here, and find our 2021 piece on how independent radio thrived during lockdown here.