Radio station fails to see the funny side of Kay's Chorley FM

But the creator of Phoenix Nights had not bargained on the existence of a real radio station of the same name. A spat has now broken out between the not-for-profit community radio station, Chorley FM, and the television production company that makes Kay's sitcoms.

The name Chorley FM was made famous in The Services, which preceded That Peter Kay Thing and Phoenix Nights, Kay's sitcom set in a northern social club. The imaginary radio station, whose innuendo-filled catch phrases included "Coming in your ears", also featured in spin-off series.

The genuine Chorley FM, which won a local radio licence from Ofcom last week, is not amused and claims Phil McIntyre Entertainment, the production company that made the shows, tried to buy the station at a knock-down price.

The council-backed station is also unhappy that Phil McIntyre Entertainment has trademarked the Chorley FM logo.

The station has been inundated with requests for car stickers from Kay fans who do not realise there is a difference between the community service and its fictional counterpart. Aimed at 15- to 25-year-olds and in particular at the Lancashire town's lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered community, Chorley FM has transmitted on a temporary basis for the past six years.

The media regulator Ofcom last week granted the station a permanent licence to broadcast for the next five years. The service will launch in early 2006.

In a complicated twist, Kay's co-writer on Phoenix Nights, Dave Spikey, is Chorley FM's patron. Chris Mellor, cultural manager at Chorley Borough Council, said Phil McIntyre Entertainment had approached the community group a year ago and offered to buy the company and the name for just £80 - the cost of setting up an alternative company to house the radio station. The group declined the offer.

Mr Mellor added that they had invited Kay to take part in some of their community broadcasts, but said he had declined. A request this week for a meeting with Phil McIntyre Entertainment had also been turned down, he said.

Mr Mellor said: "They have just ignored what's going on locally and they have been looking to exploit it commercially. Peter Kay has got a pretty poor name locally. There was some talk of him moving in to the borough, but if he's seen to be ripping off the local station, he's not going to be very welcome."

A spokeswoman for Phil McIntyre Entertainment said it was a "misconception" that they were trying to buy the radio station. She said: "In 2004 we decided to trademark a 'Chorley FM' logo that Peter had been using in his shows since 1998; at the same time we tried to register the company name Chorley FM Ltd but discovered that a company had already been incorporated under that name in November 2001 [three years after Peter had begun using the logo].

"As their accounts had been dormant for two years we approached Chorley FM Ltd to inquire if they would be prepared to change their name so we could have that company name to tie in with our trademark and offered to pay associated costs. Obviously this didn't come to fruition and we continued with our trademark application of the logo, which we now have.

"Peter has been using the logo in his series for seven years and on merchandise for well over three years and as far as we're concerned we don't think that there is a 'situation' between Chorley FM and Phil McIntyre Entertainment."

Start your day with The Independent, sign up for daily news emails
PROMOTED VIDEO
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
ebooks
ebooksA year of political gossip, levity and intrigue from the sharpest pen in Westminster
Arts and Entertainment
British musician Mark Ronson arrives for the UK premiere of the film 'Mortdecai'
music
Voices
Winston Churchill, then prime minister, outside No 10 in June 1943
voicesA C Benson called him 'a horrid little fellow', George Orwell would have shot him, but what a giant he seems now, says DJ Taylor
News
i100
Sport
footballBrighton vs Arsenal match report
Arts and Entertainment
Benedict Cumberbatch has spoken about the lack of opportunities for black British actors in the UK
film
News
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

iJobs Job Widget
iJobs Media

Sauce Recruitment: Programme Sales Executive - Independent Distributor

£25000 - £28000 per annum + circa 28K + 20% bonus opportunity: Sauce Recruitme...

SThree: Talent Acquisition Consultant

£20000 - £25000 per annum + OTE £45K: SThree: Are you an ambitious, money mot...

Guru Careers: Investment Writer / Stock Picker

Competitive (DOE): Guru Careers: A freelance Investment Writer / Stock Picker ...

Guru Careers: PPC Account Executive / Paid Search Executive

£20 - 24K + Benefits: Guru Careers: An enthusiastic PPC Account / Paid Search ...

Day In a Page

Iraq invasion 2003: The bloody warnings six wise men gave to Tony Blair as he prepared to launch poorly planned campaign

What the six wise men told Tony Blair

Months before the invasion of Iraq in 2003, experts sought to warn the PM about his plans. Here, four of them recall that day
25 years of The Independent on Sunday: The stories, the writers and the changes over the last quarter of a century

25 years of The Independent on Sunday

The stories, the writers and the changes over the last quarter of a century
Homeless Veterans appeal: 'Really caring is a dangerous emotion in this kind of work'

Homeless Veterans appeal

As head of The Soldiers' Charity, Martin Rutledge has to temper compassion with realism. He tells Chris Green how his Army career prepared him
Wu-Tang Clan and The Sexual Objects offer fans a chance to own the only copies of their latest albums

Smash hit go under the hammer

It's nice to pick up a new record once in a while, but the purchasers of two latest releases can go a step further - by buying the only copy
Geeks who rocked the world: Documentary looks back at origins of the computer-games industry

The geeks who rocked the world

A new documentary looks back at origins of the computer-games industry
Belle & Sebastian interview: Stuart Murdoch reveals how the band is taking a new direction

Belle & Sebastian is taking a new direction

Twenty years ago, Belle & Sebastian was a fey indie band from Glasgow. It still is – except today, as prime mover Stuart Murdoch admits, it has a global cult following, from Hollywood to South Korea
America: Land of the free, home of the political dynasty

America: Land of the free, home of the political dynasty

These days in the US things are pretty much stuck where they are, both in politics and society at large, says Rupert Cornwell
A graphic history of US civil rights – in comic book form

A graphic history of US civil rights – in comic book form

A veteran of the Fifties campaigns is inspiring a new generation of activists
Winston Churchill: the enigma of a British hero

Winston Churchill: the enigma of a British hero

A C Benson called him 'a horrid little fellow', George Orwell would have shot him, but what a giant he seems now, says DJ Taylor
Growing mussels: Precious freshwater shellfish are thriving in a unique green project

Growing mussels

Precious freshwater shellfish are thriving in a unique green project
Diana Krall: The jazz singer on being friends with Elton John, outer space and skiing in Dubai

Diana Krall interview

The jazz singer on being friends with Elton John, outer space and skiing in Dubai
Pinstriped for action: A glimpse of what the very rich man will be wearing this winter

Pinstriped for action

A glimpse of what the very rich man will be wearing this winter
Russell T Davies & Ben Cook: 'Our friendship flourished online. You can share some very revelatory moments at four in the morning…'

Russell T Davies & Ben Cook: How we met

'Our friendship flourished online. You can share some very revelatory moments at four in the morning…'
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef serves up his favourite Japanese dishes

Bill Granger's Japanese recipes

Stock up on mirin, soy and miso and you have the makings of everyday Japanese cuisine
Michael Calvin: How we need more Eric Cantonas to knock some sense into us

Michael Calvin's Last Word

How we need more Eric Cantonas to knock some sense into us