Former founding director of Channel 103, Robin Rumboll has died

Robin Rumboll, who launched commercial radio in Jersey, has died at the age of 84.

He was one of the founding directors of the successful applicant, Channel Radio Ltd, which later launched as Channel 103.

As a politician, Deputy Rumboll served in Jersey’s States Assembly from 1981 until 1996.

He served on the States of Jersey’s Broadcasting Committee, which saw meetings in the States Chamber recorded and broadcast on Channel Television and BBC Radio Jersey for the first time.

Commercial radio on the island had been rejected in 1977, but Rumboll was behind the first Freedom of Information law and legislation which led to its introduction, with Channel 103 launching in 1992.

Channel 103 Managing Director, James Keen said: “Robin had the vision to see the importance of local radio to Jersey and worked to nurture and sustain the radio station throughout his 28 years as Chairman. The station’s success to date is a testament to his guidance and leadership.”