Ofcom awards first community radio licence in the Channel Islands

12 June 2014

Ofcom has today announced the award of the first community radio licence in the Channel Islands.

The licence has been awarded to Quay FM for a service in Alderney, the most northerly of the Channel Islands.

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.

Last year, new legislation was passed to allow community stations to be licensed in Guernsey, Alderney and Sark. Applications for licences closed in March, and Quay FM is the first award made by Ofcom.

Ofcom has awarded a community radio licence to:

Quay FM (Alderney Broadcasting Company Ltd)

Contact:  Colin Mason

Email:  masonradio@fastmail.co.uk

Phone Number:  01481 824826 or 07785 326600

Quay FM will provide a community radio service catering for the people of Alderney.

Licences are awarded for a five-year period.

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

ENDS

NOTES FOR EDITORS

1. In the UK, applications for community radio licences are being invited on a region-by-region basis.  Further details can be found on the Ofcom website.

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