Ofcom awards four new community radio licences
Ofcom has today announced the award of four new community radio licences, in Northampton, St Neots, Cambridgeshire, and two in Milton Keynes.
Licences have been awarded to NNBC for a service in Northampton, Black Cat Radio in St Neots, and MKFM and Secklow Sounds in Milton Keynes.
Community radio services are provided on a not-for-profit basis and focus on delivering specific social benefits to a local area or a community of interest. Over 200 community radio stations are broadcasting in the UK.
The successful applicants are:
NNBC will provide a community radio service for the general population of Northampton.
Black Cat Radio will offer a music-led community radio service for St Neots, Cambridgeshire, and the immediately surrounding area.
MKFM will serve the population of Milton Keynes and focus on providing local content specific to Milton Keynes.
Secklow Sounds will also broadcast to Milton Keynes. This service will cater specifically to the interests of local people who are disadvantaged, people from diverse backgrounds, the local music and arts scenes and the voluntary sector.
Licences are awarded for a five-year period.
A statement setting out the main determining factors for the award of the community radio licence referred to above can be found on the Ofcom website.
NOTES FOR EDITORS
Applications for community radio licences are being invited on a region-by-region basis. Further details can be found on the Ofcom website.
Ofcom is the independent regulator and competition authority for the UK communications industries, with responsibilities across television, radio, telecommunications, wireless communications and postal services.
For further details please visit www.ofcom.org.uk.
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