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Save Betar Bangla Radio Station!

Funded on Spacehive 10 May 2018

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Save Betar Bangla Radio Station!

Save Betar Bangla Radio Station!

Betar Bangla By Betar Bangla

Betar Bangla, the only Bengali radio station in the UK with over 80k listeners, is at risk of closure. The station is in urgent need to crowdfund £18,000 to keep this valuable community asset open.

Tower Hamlets Delivery stage

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This project was funded on 10 May 2018!

Due to a sudden hike (141%) in transmission costs in October 2017, the radio station is facing a crisis and risk of closure. Crowdfunding is the only option open to us to raise funds to keep the station open. We plan to run a 12 week campaign to raise £18,000 solely for the transmission costs, beginning with a launch on in January 2018. The Management Committee of Betar Bangla have met and is in the process of creating a team to meet all the challenges of our campaign. We are going to lobby our advertisers and their business associates (the response so far has been very positive), big businesses in Canary Wharf and, over 300 members of our Listener's Forum. But we also need support from all our listeners. We have received support and guidance form Tower Hamlets Council and the Tower Hamlets CVS for this campaign.

What we'll deliver:

  • We will save a valuable community radio station with over 80,000 listeners
  • Saving the station will allow us to continue with our other services such training and volunteering programmes

Why it's a great idea:

Betar Bangla is the only Bengali radio station in the UK and attracts over 80,000 listeners through its frequency and over 180,000 listeners online. The station is an extremely valuable source of information to the Bangladeshi communities in the UK, including disseminating advice on social policy concerns around education, housing, community safety, health and welfare. The campaign is to save a unique local institution that is an integral part of the Bangladeshi community.

Steps to get it done:

  • pay transmission rent quaterly in April 2018


Location Tower Hamlets

About the space

Although the radio station is based in Tower Hamlets, it's reach is UK wide.


London Borough of Tower Hamlets

How will the money be spent?Total £19,205

50% Transmission costs for 2017/18 - £18,000 (94%)
Other - £1,205 (6%)

Costs Breakdown

This shows how money raised for the project will be spent. These costs have been confirmed by the project's Delivery Manager and verified.

50% Transmission costs for 2017/18
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  • Spacehive fees
  • VAT
  • Transaction Fees

Total £19,205

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