27 March 2002



Radio Fiza launches in Nottingham as part of Access Radio Pilot Scheme

Radio Fiza, a new experimental analogue radio service for the South Asian community in Nottingham, launched on to the airwaves on 25 March, broadcasting on 97.1 MHz. The venture will be shared between the Asian Women's Project and the Karimia Institute.

Radio Fiza has a licence to broadcast for one year as part of this experiment which aims to explore how Access Radio - a new tier of not-for-profit radio which will have social and educational benefits - might work in practice. Details of the station are as follows:


Communication, information and entertainment for the South Asian community in Nottingham. It is a partnership and frequency-sharing venture between the Asian Women's Project Ltd. and the Karimia Institute in Nottingham:

Asian Women's Project - broadcasting hours: Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday: 1300-2100 hours, Sunday: 1200-2100 hours. Programming is primarily aimed at Asian women, families and young people. The service includes local and community news and information, features, interviews, discussions, phone-ins, poetry and literature, and Asian and English music. Asian languages include Urdu and Punjabi with some Hindi, Bengali, Mirpuri and Gujarati (contact: Roger Parkinson, 0115 844 0047);

The Karimia Institute - broadcasting hours: Thursday, Friday, Saturday: 0800-1200 hours and 1900-2300 hours, Sunday: 0800-1200. Speech-led programming with news and current affairs focussing on issues of local concern and interest. Included are interviews, discussions, phone-ins and features. Music styles featured include Qawalis and Naats, and Ghazals. Languages include Urdu, Punjabi, Mirpuri, Arabic languages and English (around 60%) (contact: Fazal Malik, 0115 988 1419).

Radio Fiza is the sixth Access Radio station to launch and the first of three Access Radio pilot services aimed at Asian ethnic populations in the UK. The other two are expected to go on-air during April in Glasgow and Southall respectively.



  1. The other five services already on-air taking part in the Access Radio experiment are: Angel Community Radio, Havant, Hampshire; Bradford Community Broadcasting, Bradford inner city; Cross Rhythms City Radio, Stoke-on-Trent, Northern Visions Radio, Belfast; and Takeover Radio in Leicester. Full details are available online at Communications bill/Access Radio Pilot Scheme or from the Radio Authority's Press & Information Office.
  2. The Radio Authority selected fifteen groups from a field of two hundred groups that submitted letters of intent. The remaining projects will be on-air within the next two months, with the exception of Shine FM in Banbridge, Northern Ireland, which will broadcast for just a few months from the autumn. The aim of the experiment is to provide guidance on how Access Radio could be introduced following new legislation.
  3. Access Radio was initially suggested to Government by the Authority Radio Regulation for the 21st Century Submission to DCMS/DTI, June 2000 as an initiative to provide opportunities for a new tier of radio services to be used in innovative, creative and socially and educationally constructive ways. This project aims to evaluate different approaches to the concept and to inform the future radio regulator how Access Radio, should it be introduced in the future, might be licensed, regulated, funded, promoted and organised.
  4. The Radio Authority's specific recommendations to Government regarding Access Radio are available at Communications bill along with further information about the project.
  5. 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.


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