Ofcom awards four new community radio licences

12 May 2017

Ofcom has today announced the award of four new community radio licences in London.

The new stations will serve communities in Wandsworth and surrounding areas of south west London, Newham, Hammersmith and Fulham, and Greenwich.

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:

Flex FM (Flex FM Radio Limited)
Contact name: Carl Shepherd
Email: djcarloss1@gmail.com
Website: www.flexfm.co.uk

Flex FM will provide a community radio service for 15-30 year old dance music fans in Merton, Wandsworth, Sutton and Kingston-upon-Thames.

Radio Minhaj (Minhaj-Ul-Quran International)
Contact name: Mr Ismail Sethi
Email: ismailsethi@hotmail.com
Website: www.minhajuk.org

Radio Minhaj will provide a community radio service for black, Asian and other ethnic minorities in Newham.

Nomad Radio (Nomads Media Ltd)
Contact name: Abdulkadir M Adan
Email: contact@nomadradio.co.uk
Website: www.nomadradio.co.uk

Nomad Radio will provide a community radio service for the Somali community in Hammersmith and Fulham.

Maritime Radio
Contact name: Duncan Martin
Email: duncan@maritimeradio.london
Website: www.maritimeradio.london

Maritime Radio will provide a community radio service for the local community in Greenwich.

See our statement setting out the main determining factors for the award of the community radio licences referred to above. Community radio licences are awarded for a five-year period.

Ten 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 250 stations, 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 will amend its technical policy, to remove references to set coverage areas for community radio stations. We will adopt a more flexible approach, and applications will be considered for wider areas where applicants can clearly demonstrate the proposed coverage area will better serve its target community, where it is technically possible.

Ofcom will also consider requests to improve coverage within existing licensed areas. This can help a station overcome poor coverage due to interference or local terrain issues.

Notes for editors

In addition to the licence awards detailed above, Ofcom considered 16 further applications, but decided not to award a licence to the following groups:

  • AIMS FM, Aims Media Ltd (Borough of Hounslow)
  • Danaq FM, Henna Media Ltd, (Gants Hill/Ilford& Redbridge, Boroughs of Newham & Waltham Forest)
  • Flames Radio, Flames Media & Entertainment Limited, (Boroughs of Hackney, Waltham Forest, Tower Hamlets & Newham)
  • Fusion, Mediatechnique Entertainment Limited (London, including Edmonton, Woolwich, Streatham and Ealing)
  • GreekBeat Radio, GreekBeat Radio Limited, (N London: Southgate & surrounding areas of Palmers Green, Oakwood, Cockfosters, Bounds Green & Wood Green)
  • Hot Digital Online, Hotdigitalonline Limited (Borough of Newham)
  • House FM, House Music Radio Limited, (Boroughs of Hackney, Newham, Tower Hamlets & Waltham Forest)
  • Krystal FM, Krystal Radio, (Brixton, Clapham, Tulse Hill, Streatham & surrounding areas of the Borough of Lambeth)
  • Metropol Radio, Mydanoz Media Group Ltd, (Boroughs of Hackney, Haringey & Enfield)
  • Mi-Soul FM, Mi-Soul Foundation, (Boroughs of Lewisham, Southwark, Lambeth & Greenwich)
  • New Generation Radio, New Generation Radio Limited, (Borough of Newham)
  • Radio Harrow, Radio Harrow, (Borough of Harrow)
  • Rainbow Radio, Rainbowbroadcasting Ltd, (Boroughs of Southwark, Lambeth, Lewisham, west Greenwich & part of Wandsworth)
  • Starpoint FM, Starpoint Radio Ltd, (Boroughs of Tower Hamlets & Newham)
  • Wandsworth Radio, Wandsworth Radio Community Interest Company, (Borough of Wandsworth)
  • Zone One Radio, Love London Radio Limited, (Central London)