23 May 2000


The Radio Authority is this week (26 May) advertising a new small-scale Independent Local Radio licence to serve the towns of Grimsby and Cleethorpes in North-East Lincolnshire, and the immediately surrounding area. This licence is being offered for the provision of a service on the FM (VHF) waveband.

When the Authority comes to assess the applications it receives, it will be taking into consideration applicants' proposals to cater for the tastes and interests of listeners in this local area. The Authority would therefore welcome public comments and opinions about the local radio needs of the area, which should be sent to the Radio Authority's Director of Development, Holbrook House, 14 Great Queen Street, London WC2B 5DG.

The licence will be for a period of eight years from the date the station comes on air. Anyone interested in applying for the licence should contact the Director of Development at the above address and ask for an application form. Applicants will be sent detailed notes of guidance to help them fill in the form. The closing date for receipt of applications is Tuesday, 5 September 2000. Applications (20 copies) must be submitted by 2.00 p.m. on that date; any applications delivered after this time will not be accepted. A non-refundable application fee of 750 will be payable.

The Authority expects to decide and announce who has been granted the licence by the end of this year. It will then be up to the successful applicant to get the radio station up and running as quickly as possible.



The Radio Authority is responsible for licensing and regulating Independent Radio in accordance with the statutory requirements of the Broadcasting Acts 1990 and 1996. It plans frequencies, awards licences, regulates programming and advertising, and plays an active role in the discussion and formulation of policies which affect the Independent Radio industry and its listeners.