Ofcom has today announced the award of four new community radio licences in England, Scotland and Wales.
The new stations will serve communities in Shaftesbury, Dorset in England; Shotts in Lanarkshire, Scotland; Merthyr Tydfil in South Wales; and Towyn, Conwy, in North Wales.
Community radio services are provided on a not-for-profit basis, and are aimed at meeting the needs of a particular area or community.
The four new community radio licences have been awarded to:
Alfred, Shaftesbury. Alfred will be run by volunteers and is aimed at older listeners. It will provide a service for the community of Shaftesbury and the surrounding rural area.
Listen Lanarkshire, Lanarkshire. Listen Lanarkshire will work with local partners including schools, youth groups and sports clubs. It will serve the ex-mining communities of Shotts and surrounding villages.
Merthyr Radio, Merthyr Tydfil County Borough. Merthyr Radio will focus on life in the Merthyr area and will work with local businesses. It will provide an inclusive local radio service for people in the Merthyr Tydfil County Borough area.
Sound Radio, Towyn, Kinmel Bay, Abergele and Rhyl. Sound Radio will be a locally-focused service which will include some Welsh language programmes. It is for the communities of Kinmel Bay and Towyn, Abergele, Rhyl and surrounding towns and villages in the Vale of Clwyd.
The licences are awarded for a five-year period. More than 290 community radio stations are currently on air.