Ofcom awards five new community radio licences

20 April 2016

Ofcom has today announced the award of five new community radio licences in south east England.

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.

Licences have been awarded to:

Bexhill FM (Rother Media)
Contact name: Richard Harris
Phone: 07595 288195
Email: harrisrichard91@gmail.com
Website: www.rothermedia.co.uk

Bexhill FM will provide a service for the whole community in Bexhill-on-Sea, East Sussex. 

Hailsham FM (Hailsham FM Ltd)
Contact name: Peter Willson
Phone: 01323 8337700
Email: peter.willson2@btopenworld.com
Website: www.hailshamfm.uk

Hailsham FM will be a service for the general population of Hailsham in East Sussex.

Red Kite Radio (Red Kite Radio and Media Limited)
Contact name: Mark Chapple
Phone: 07889 771978
Email: markchappleuk@googlemail.com
Website: www.redkiteradio.com

Red Kite Radio will be for the people of Haddenham (Buckinghamshire) and Thame (Oxfordshire).

Witney Radio (Witney Media CIC)
Contact name: Barry Clack
Phone: 07770 129179
Email: barry@witneyradio.co.uk
Website: www.witneyradio.co.uk

Witney Radio will serve the community of Witney and surrounding villages in Oxfordshire.

Wycombe Sound (Wycombe Community Radio CIC)
Contact name: Chris Phillips
Phone: 01494 449900
Email: chris@wycombesound.org.uk
Website: www.wycombesound.org.uk

Wycombe Sound is for people aged 35 and over in High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire.

A statement setting out the main determining factors for the award of the community radio licences referred to above can be found on the Ofcom website. Community radio licences are awarded for a five-year period.

10 years of community radio

Community radio, which offers thousands of volunteers the chance to get involved in broadcasting across the UK, is ten years old.

The last decade has seen the number of community radio stations increase from just a handful to more than 230 stations, each reflecting the local needs and interests of its audience.

In March, Ofcom announced its intention to simplify the way community radio stations record their Key Commitments. This revised approach reduces the administrative burden for licensees, and provides these stations greater flexibility to serve their target communities and deliver valuable social benefits.


1. In addition to the licence awards detailed above, Ofcom considered one further application, but decided not to award a licence to the following group:

  • Love FM (OMpassion CIC), Bracknell, Berkshire

2. Applications for community radio licences are being invited on a region-by-region basis. Further details can be found on the Ofcom website.