Ofcom has today announced the award of nine new community radio licences in England and Wales.
The new stations will serve communities in Cannock and Rugeley in Staffordshire, Cinderford in the Forest of Dean, Keynsham, Yeovil, and Minehead in Somerset, Swanage and Dorchester in Dorset, Newquay in Cornwall and the Rhondda valleys in South Wales.
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:
Cannock Chase Radio will broadcast to the people of Cannock and Rugeley, Staffordshire.
Dean Radio will be a community radio service for Cinderford in the Forest of Dean.
Contact name: Richard Davison
Phone: 07962 319067
KTCR will be a radio station for the people of Keynsham, Somerset.
Ninesprings FM will serve the population of Yeovil and the surrounding area.
Purbeck Coast FM will serve Swanage and the surrounding area.
Radio Newquay will serve the people of Newquay and the surrounding area.
Rhondda Radio will serve the local community of the Rhondda valleys (the Fawr and the Fach).
Contact name: Andrew Worth
Phone: 01305 267419
Ridgeway Community Radio is for the over-50s living in Dorchester and surrounding areas of West Dorset.
West Somerset Radio will broadcast a service to residents, businesses and visitors in Minehead and surrounding villages.
A statement setting out the main determining factors (PDF, 626.7 KB) 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.
Community radio offers thousands of volunteers the chance to get involved in broadcasting across the UK. There are more than 250 community radio stations broadcasting around the UK, each reflecting the local needs and interests of its audience.
In April, Ofcom announced the conclusions of its review of community radio: future licensing and technical policy.
Ofcom has amended its technical policy to remove references to set coverage areas for community radio stations. We have adopted a more flexible approach, and applications are considered for wider areas where applicants can clearly demonstrate the proposed coverage area will better serve its target community, where it is technically possible.
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