Ofcom awards four new community radio licences

19 March 2015

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 (NNBC Ltd)
Contact name: Terry Doyle
Phone: 07597 052880
Email: terrydoyle@nnbc.co.uk
Website: www.nnbc.co.uk

NNBC will provide a community radio service for the general population of Northampton.

Black Cat Radio (Black Cat Radio Ltd)
Contact: Tony Gillham
Phone: 07700 738888
Email: tony.gillham@live.co.uk
Website: www.blackcatradio.co.uk

Black Cat Radio will offer a music-led community radio service for St Neots, Cambridgeshire, and the immediately surrounding area.

MKFM (MKFM Limited)
Contact: Chris Gregg
Phone: 01908 230149
Email: chris@mkfm.com
Website: www.mkfm.com

MKFM will serve the population of Milton Keynes and focus on providing local content specific to Milton Keynes.

Secklow Sounds (Secklow Sounds C.I.C.)
Contact: Mike Johnson
Phone: 07757 816316
Email: mike@secklowsounds.org
Website: www.secklowsounds.org

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.

ENDS

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.

CONTACT

Emma Hutchinson
Ofcom Communications
emma.hutchinson@ofcom.org.uk
+44 (0)300 123 1795