6 June 2002
ALL FM launches in Manchester inner-city as part of Access Radio Pilot Scheme
ALL FM, a new experimental analogue radio service for the communities of Ardwick, Levenshulme and Longsight, in south-central Manchester, launched on to the airwaves on 5 June, broadcasting on 96.9 MHz.
ALL FM has a licence to broadcast for one year as part of the 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. The Government's draft Communications Bill, published on 7 May, states that "the decision to introduce Access Radio will depend largely on the experience of the Radio Authority's current pilot study." (The Draft Communications Bill - The Policy, paragraph 188.8.131.52).
Details of the station are as follows:
ALL FM, SOUTH-CENTRAL MANCHESTER, 96.9 FM
A community radio station, reflecting the needs and abilities of the culturally rich areas of Ardwick, Levenshulme and Longsight, within Manchester. Programmes, made by and for the people in the area, include some in the Urdu, Bangla and Hindi languages. Broadcasting 24 hours a day (contact: Phil Korbel at Radio Regen, 0161 237 5454 or Dave Lenaghan at ALL FM, 0161 273 4072.)
ALL FM is the twelfth Access Radio station to launch within the UK and is the sister project of Wythenshawe FM which commenced broadcasting in early May, also in Manchester.
NOTES TO EDITORS1. The other eleven services already on-air taking part in the Access Radio experiment are (in alphabetical order):
Full details of these services are available online atwww.radioauthority.org.uk. (Communications bill/Access Radio Pilot Scheme).
2. The draft Communications Bill - The Policy (published 7 May jointly by the DCMS and the DTI), referring to the Authority's pilot scheme, states:
"If successful, it is anticipated that future access radio stations will be licensed which:
3. Fifteen groups were selected by the Authority from a field of two hundred that submitted letters of intent. The remaining projects will be on-air within the next month, with the exception of Shine FM in Banbridge, Northern Ireland, which will broadcast for just a few months from the autumn.
4. 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.
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.
Revised: June 06, 2002