Ofcom Awards Four New Community Radio Licences

17 June 2009

Ofcom today announces the award of four new community radio licences.

Community radio services typically cover a small geographical area and are provided on a not-for-profit basis focusing on the delivery of specific social benefits to enrich a particular geographical community or a community of interest.

Ofcom has awarded community radio licences to:

  • Academy FM, Ramsgate, Kent
  • Academy FM, Folkestone, Kent
  • Radio Sunlight, Gillingham, Kent
  • Rye FM, Rye, East Sussex

Details of the four new community radio stations are as follows:

Academy FM (Thanet)
Academy FM will broadcast from the Marlowe Academy in Ramsgate and serve the communities of Thanet. There will be numerous opportunities for pupils, students and members of the community to take part in the service. Academy FM will promote social gain and broaden listener choice.

Academy FM (Folkestone)
This station will broadcast from Folkestone Academy and bring a community radio service to the entire community. Academy pupils as well as other students and members of the community will be offered opportunities to broadcast or help run the service, and be offered training. The station will aim to unite, support, involve and serve the Folkestone community.

Radio Sunlight (Gillingham)
Email: info@sunlighttrust.org.uk
Website: www.sunlighttrust.org.uk

Radio Sunlight will be a community-led and managed radio station broadcasting to the people of Gillingham and surrounding areas of the Medway. The station will broadcast information about local events and services and promote discussion about local issues as well as providing music, entertainment and arts programmes.

Rye FM
Email: ryefm@station-z.co.uk
Website: www.ryefm.co.uk

Rye FM will provide a community radio station for the town of Rye and surrounding villages. Broadly focused, the station will aim to reflect the interests of all sections of the community with special attention paid to youth inclusion and rural regeneration.

Licences are awarded for a five-year period.

A statement setting out the main determining factors for the award of the four community radio licences referred to above will be available shortly from the Ofcom website.


1. In addition to the licence awards detailed above, Ofcom considered one further application, but decided not to award a licence to the following group:

  • Loveworld Radio, Folkestone

2. Applications for community radio licences are being invited on a region-by-region basis. Further details can be found on the Ofcom website at: http://www.ofcom.org.uk/radio/ifi/rbl/commun_radio/

3. Ofcom is the independent regulator and competition authority for the UK communications industries, with responsibilities across television, radio, telecommunications and wireless communications services.

For further details please visit www.ofcom.org.uk.

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