Ofcom has today announced the award of seven new community radio licences in South Yorkshire and the north west of England.
Licences have been awarded to Radio Barnsley; Bury Community Radio; Heritage Community Radio in Manchester; Radio Warrington; Beyond Radio in Lancaster and Morecambe; Radio Victoria in Blackpool; and Ribble FM in the Ribble Valley area of Lancashire.
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.
Ofcom has awarded community radio licences to:
Radio Barnsley will serve the communities of Barnsley with emphasis on the target areas of Athersley, New Lodge and Lundwood. The service will broadcast on AM.
Bury Community Radio will serve the Muslim community in Bury and will broadcast on AM.
Heritage Community Radio proposes to serve the Muslim Community in Manchester. The service will broadcast on AM.
Radio Warrington will provide a radio service to the whole community of Warrington and will broadcast on AM.
Beyond Radio's target community will be those who live, work or study in Lancaster and Morecambe. The service will broadcast on FM.
Radio Victoria will serve people aged 16-24 and those aged 45 and over in Blackpool. The service will broadcast on FM.
Ribble FM (Ribble FM Limited)
Contact name: Roy Martin
Phone: 01200 340011
Ribble FM will serve individuals of all ages who work and live in the Ribble Valley area of Lancashire, with an emphasis on adults aged over 35. The service will broadcast on FM.
The licences are awarded for a five-year period.
A statement setting out the main determining factors for the awards of the community radio licences referred to above can be found on Ofcom's website.
NOTES FOR EDITORS
1. In addition to the licence awards detailed above, Ofcom has decided not to award licences to the following seven applicant groups:
2. Applications for community radio licences are being invited on a region-by-region basis. Further details can be found on the Ofcom website.