Belfast 89FM has announced that founder director, John Rosborough, is stepping down from the Board of the Company as of July 3rd 2018.

John said: ‘As Belfast 89FM celebrated its 3rd birthday on June 30, the station has established itself firmly on the radio dial as a valued listening choice for the over-55s, otherwise known as the ‘Baby Boomers’. A growing team of volunteers give their time willingly to serve this audience week after week, and it has been a rewarding experience to help this sector of radio develop. I feel now is the appropriate moment to turn to new digital projects that I have had in mind, and I wish all at Belfast 89FM well for the future.’

Belfast 89FM Chairman Joe McCormack said:

‘John has made an enormous contribution to the development of the local radio sector in Northern Ireland and without his enthusiasm and experience, Belfast 89FM would not be the successful and popular station it is today.’

‘Establishing a successful radio station is a major challenge involving training presenters, scheduling and complex technical issues and all that goes with that. John and his fellow founding Directors tackled the task in a way that laid solid foundations for the future of the station.’

‘John’s contribution to the continued success of Belfast 89FM has been enormous and he has contributed significantly to the broadcasting development of our cohort of volunteers. On behalf of everyone at Belfast 89FM, may I wish John every good wish and success for the future as he undertakes new projects.’

Note for Editors:

Belfast 89FM is licensed as a Community Radio service by Ofcom, and broadcasts to the City of Belfast on 89.3 MHz FM, and worldwide online (

John Rosborough is one of the longest serving professionals in NI Radio, having joined Downtown in 1975 prior to its launch and been the station’s Head of Programming for 21 years, adding Cool FM to his responsibilities in 1990. He moved to Citybeat in 2000 as Station Director, and in his time there the audience rose to levels unmatched to this day, with the quality of programming winning 5 Sony Gold Awards. In 2004 he joined UTV to lead the company’s successful application for U105 and was Managing Director until 2008. He has since worked on radio projects in NI and the RoI for the BBC, BAI and Downtown before leading the application for Belfast 89FM.

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