Ofcom has today announced the award of two new community radio licences in England, serving communities in Manchester and Leicester.
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 two new community radio licences have been awarded to:
Heritage Community Radio (British Muslim Heritage Centre)
Heritage Radio’s programming will predominantly serve the Muslim community in Whalley Range and surrounding areas in south Manchester. The station currently holds a licence to broadcast a community radio service on medium wave (AM), which it will surrender when the FM service commences.
Radio2Funky will serve 16- to 35-year-olds who have an interest in urban music and the arts in Leicester.
The licences are awarded for a five-year period.