Ofcom awards eight new community radio licences

09 May 2018

Ofcom has today announced the award of eight new community radio licences (PDF, 215.9 KB) in England and Scotland.

The new stations will serve communities in Coventry, Leeds, Reading and Waterlooville in England; and Glasgow and Peterhead in Scotland.

Community radio services are provided on a not-for-profit basis, focusing on the delivery of specific social benefits to a particular area or community of interest.

More than 250 community radio stations are currently on air.

The eight new community radio licences have been awarded to:

2tr (Two Towns Radio)

2tr will be a community radio service for Reading with a particular focus on listeners under-40.

Buchan Radio

Buchan Radio will broadcast to communities in Peterhead and the surrounding areas.

East Leeds FM

East Leeds FM will be an arts-based community radio service targeting disadvantaged communities in East Leeds.

Groove City Radio

Groove City Radio will be a specialist music service for 20-50 year-old listeners in Glasgow, featuring dance, soul, electronic and house music.

Leeds Dance Community Radio

Leeds Dance Community Radio will be a specialist urban and dance music service for listeners in Leeds.

Revival FM

Revival FM will be a community radio service offering a Christian perspective for listeners in Glasgow.

The Flash

The Flash will serve musicians and the wider community of Waterlooville with a focus on original music from local artists and rock, blues and folk.

Vanny Radio

Vanny Radio will serve the BME community and young people under the age of 25 in Coventry.