Ofcom today announced the award of three community radio licences in Staffordshire.
Licences have been awarded to BFBS Stafford and Stafford FM, for services in Stafford, and Hitmix Radio, for a service in Newcastle-under-Lyme.
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.
BFBS Stafford will provide a community radio service that will serve military personnel, their families and the civilian population who live and work on or near the MOD Stafford base.
Stafford FM will provide a community radio service for the residents of Stafford and nearby villages.
Hitmix Radio will provide a community radio service for the town of Newcastle-under-Lyme and the surrounding villages.
Licences are awarded for a five-year period.
1. In addition to the licence award detailed above, Ofcom considered one further application, but decided not to award a licence to the following group:
Three other applications have been rejected due to there being no suitable FM frequency available:
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/