Ofcom awards two new community radio licences in Scotland

20 September 2012

Ofcom today announces the award of two new community radio licences for services in Scotland.

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

  • Crystal FM, Penicuik, Midlothian
  • East Coast FM, Haddington, East Lothian

Details of these new community radio services are as follows:

Crystal FM

Contact:  Colin McCall
Address: Penicuik Community Education Association, Carnethy Centre, Muirhead Place, Penicuik, Midlothian EH26 0LE
Email:   colinmccall@live.co.uk
Phone Number:  01968 674095
Website: www.penicuikcommunityeducationassociation.net

Crystal FM will provide a community radio service catering for all residents of Penicuik and surrounding villages in Midlothian.

East Coast FM

Contact:  Ian Robertson
Address: East Coast FM (SCIO), 8 Market Street, Haddington, East Lothian EH41 3JL
Email:  ian@eastcoastfm.co.uk
Phone Number:  01620 826 444 or 07960 679 998
Website: www.eastcoastfm.co.uk

East Coast FM proposes to serve those living and working in Haddington and in the surrounding area.

Licences are awarded for a five-year period.

A statement setting out the main determining factors for the award of the community radio licences referred to above will be published on our website in due course.



  1. In addition to the licence awards detailed above, Ofcom considered two further applications, but decided not to award a licence to the following groups:East Lothian FM, Haddington (East Lothian Community Media Ltd)APNA Radio, Edinburgh (Voice of the Scottish Asian Ltd)
  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://licensing.ofcom.org.uk/radio-broadcast-licensing/community-radio/apply-for-licence/