£20,000 debt could see winding-up order for radio station

POLICE officers fromWAITING FOR THEIR MONEY: Donna Feeney (left) and Sarah Sumner outside Teesside Combined Court
POLICE officers fromWAITING FOR THEIR MONEY: Donna Feeney (left) and Sarah Sumner outside Teesside Combined Court

TWO advertising businesswomen who are owed almost £20,000 by a radio station say they are prepared to serve a winding-up petition against the owners who failed to pay them.

Donna Feeney and Sarah Sumner were awarded the money after they took Radio Hartlepool bosses to court last month for failing to pay them their share of advertising profits.

A judge at Teesside Crown Court ordered station owners Hartlepool Community Broadcasting to pay the women £10,911.93 in unpaid commission, plus interest and £7,500 costs within 28 days.

But Miss Feeney says they have not received any money, and are willing to go back to court and ask a judge to wind the business up so they can get what they are owed.

The deadline for the money to be paid passed on Monday.

As the Hartlepool Mail went to press, Darlington County Court, where the case file has been returned by Teesside Crown Court, said there was nothing on record “to suggest any payment had been made”.

Miss Feeney and Miss Sumner worked for Radio Hartlepool as Bad Girl Media from April 2009 to May 2010.

But they quit last June when the station was unable to pay them £10,911.93 for advertising and sponsorship they secured for Radio Hartlepool.

The judge said Hartlepool Community Broadcasting could apply to the court for more time to pay, but they would need to provide supporting evidence.

Miss Feeney, from Darlington, said: “They haven’t been forthcoming with any form of payment plan.

“Our legal team is considering all options for how we are going to receive the money including serving a winding-up petition but we are prepared to fight to the end.

“I’m frustrated, but not surprised we have not been paid.

“We are prepared to push it as far as we can so justice can be done.”

Hartlepool Community Broadcasting did not deny it owed the women the money, but claimed it was owed just under £6,000, in a counter claim which failed.

James Anderson, a director of the owners, told the court last month its finances were “pretty dire” and they only had a few hundred pounds in the bank.

But he said advertising revenue was starting to improve.

Hartlepool Community Broadcasting has two years left of its five-year licence to run the station which broadcasts from York Road, in Hartlepool.

When a winding-up petition is served against a business, an application is made to the High Court.

The court will hear the petition, and a judge can then decide whether to issue a winding-up order.

Radio Hartlepool station manager Jason Anderson declined to comment citing ongoing legal implications.