Ofcom awards six new community radio licences

01 February 2018

Ofcom has today announced the award of six new community radio licences (PDF, 166.6 KB) in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland, and Wales.

The new stations will serve communities in Burgess Hill in West Sussex, South Dartmoor and Torbay in Devon; Banbridge in County Down, Northern Ireland; Paisley in Renfrewshire, Scotland; and Aberystwyth in Ceredigion, Wales.

Community radio services operate on a not-for-profit basis, and cater for particular groups of people based on the local needs and interests of their audiences. More than 250 of these community radio stations are currently on air.

Community radio also offers thousands of volunteers the chance to get involved in broadcasting across the UK.

Today six community radio licences have been awarded to:

  • Radio Aber (broadcasting in Aberystwyth and surrounding areas);
  • Bounce FM (Banbridge in Northern Ireland);
  • Burgess Hill Radio (Burgess Hill, West Sussex);
  • Paisley FM (Paisley and surrounding areas in Renfrewshire, Scotland);
  • Riviera FM (Torbay and the surrounding area Torquay, Paignton and Brixham in Devon); and
  • Skylark (South Dartmoor, Devon).

The licences are awarded for a five-year period.