53/98 4 June 1998

RADIO AUTHORITY AWARDS THREE NEW SMALL-SCALE FM LOCAL LICENCES WITHIN LEICESTERSHIRE AND RUTLAND

The Radio Authority has decided that after considering the proposals submitted by the eight applicants it is offering a new small-scale Independent Local Radio (ILR) licence on the FM (VHF) waveband for a service within Leicestershire and Rutland to each of the following three groups.

  • FOSSEWAY RADIO LTD. - P.O. Box 107 Hinckley LE10 1 (contact: Andrew Carter 1455 614151 or Michael Betton 1522 549900 a truly local radio service for South-West Leicestershire including the market towns of Hinckley and Market Bosworth providing a comprehensive news and information service alongside a broad blend of quality music;
  • OAK FM LTD. - 18 Jubilee Drive Belton Park Loughborough LE11 5TQ (contact; Kel Prince or Robert Curtis 1509 232632 a lively music-led station whose highly-focused local service of news current affairs coverage information and community involvement will be the authentic voice of Loughborough the largest town in Leicestershire the Charnwood area and neighbouring parts of North West Leicestershire;
  • RUTLAND RADIO LTD. - RBCC Knights Yard Gaol Street Oakham Rutland LE15 6AQ (contact: Andrew Carter 1572 757868 or Michael Betton 1522 549900 high quality melodic music aimed at a mature audience with a responsible and intelligent news and information service reflecting the views and interests of the county of Rutland and the neighbouring town of Stamford.
  • These licences will come into effect as soon as the successful applicants are ready to begin broadcasting.

     

    Cross Media Public Interest Test

    The Authority announced in March 1998 (press release 24/98) that it was seeking views from the public on whether or not it would be against the public interest to award Cross Counties Radio a licence serving Hinckley and Nuneaton. The majority shareholder in Cross Counties Radio is Nuneaton & District Newspapers Ltd which publishes a local newspaper in the area the Heartland Evening News. However as Cross Counties Radio was not preferred for the award of one of the licences within Leicestershire under the criteria set down in the 1990 Act the Authority was not required to make a determination on the public interest implications of making such an award to this applicant.

     

    ENDS

    NOTES TO EDITORS

    1. Following the award of three new local radio licences today for services within Leicestershire and Rutland there are now a total of 771.67 points in the radio ownership system (subject to review once transmission proposals have been finalised).
    2. 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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