Sutish Sharma, the founder and managing editor of Hayes FM, has announced he is leaving the community station later this month to pursue other opportunities.
In an internal email he sent to staff, Sharma said, “It is with great sadness that I inform everyone of my decision to move on from Hayes FM. After a period of reflection over the summer, I feel now is the right time to move aside and allow the Board to move ahead with some of it’s own plans as well as allow new and fresh ideas.”
Sharma set up Hayes FM in 2002 and has been broadcasting successfully since then. He added, “In 2007, Hayes FM was a small community focused local radio station, and in the last five years has seen Hayes FM develop into a Film & Media organisation, delivering a range of audio, visual and written content. My aim was always to expand the organisation to be a West London wide, multi platform organisation that also existed as a training and development provider.
This year, saw our radio licence renewed for another five years, a print publication template set up, an on-line TV partnership with our local college agreed, and this year, we even produced five films.
Our progress was in addition to our success as a training and development organisation.”
Elaborating on his time at the station, he said one of Hayes FM’s greatest achievements was establishing itself as a platform for training and development, which in 2011 was touted as its best year, where 23 people left Hayes FM into paid employment in a range of media organisations.
Sharma concluded by expressing his heartfelt thanks to the people he has worked with closely in the past ten years. He said, “I would like to express my thank you to all the people I have met and worked with over the last ten years, in particular, those who have stood alongside me since we launched as a radio station in 2007, I learnt so much from so many of you, and saw at first hand your own passion that inspired me in a way only true radio people can. It was an honour for me to work with you, and learn from you. We have a great team. It goes without saying, thank you from me to you, I wish you all well, may blessings and good fortune be yours for years to come.”
Sharma leaves on Friday 26th October 2012. A replacement is yet to be announced.