Nikole Gunn

94.7 The Pulse facing closure?

Geelong community radio station, 94.7 FM The Pulse is planning a fundraiser as it fights legal action by former Mayor and paparazzi king Darryn Lions.

Lyons is suing for defamation following derogatory on-air comments made by last year by former host Greg McHenry.

Despite an apology and retraction by the station, it says its wracking up a huge legal bill defending the case and could face closure.

The Pulse broadcasts 76 programs for new immigrants and disadvantaged youths, including shows on mental health issues and the local Geelong music scene.

Station manager Leo Renkin has told the ABC that they were shocked to be served with a writ and had been working to avoid the case going to court.

“We’ve been negotiating, trying to get to some kind of agreement, so we were hoping this wouldn’t happen to us.

“It’s touch and go because we survive on the goodwill of our subscribers and our sponsors. The fundraiser could mean the difference between The Pulse’s survival and having to close the station down for good.”

In a tweet, the former Geelong Mayor says he doesn’t want the station to close and wanted to speak with them to resolve the situation.

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