Ofcom has today announced the award of seven new community radio licences in England and Scotland.
The new stations will serve communities in Blackburn in Lancashire, Caithness in Scotland, Great Driffield in East Riding, Leyland in Lancashire, Liverpool, Southport in Merseyside and Rawtenstall in the Rossendale Valley in East Lancashire.
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:
Blackburn Youth Radio (Blackburn Community Radio Limited)
Contact name: Brendan Ferguson
Phone: 01254 205294
Blackburn Youth Radio will broadcast to young people (under-25s) in Blackburn, Lancashire
Caithness FM will be a community radio service for Caithness in Scotland.
Great Driffield Radio (Great Driffield Radio Limited)
Contact name: Barry Robinson
Phone: 07986 127999
Great Driffield Radio will be a radio station for the people of Great Driffield and surrounding village communities in East Riding of Yorkshire
Leyland Community Radio (Leyland Community Radio Limited)
Contact name: Brian Ashman
Phone: 07952 023424
Leyland Community Radio will serve Leyland and the surrounding area in Lancashire, with a particular focus on the over-35s and older age groups.
Liverpool Community Radio will broadcast to the people of Kensington and Fairfield, and surrounding areas in Liverpool.
Mighty Radio will serve the people of Southport and surrounding areas.
Rossendale Radio (Rossendale Radio Ltd)
Contact name: Anthony Horne
Phone: 07769 644883
Rossendale Radio is a community radio service for Rawtenstall in the Rossendale Valley, East Lancashire.
The licences are awarded for a five-year period. See our statement setting out the main determining factors for the award of the licences (PDF, 168.9 KB).
Community radio offers thousands of volunteers the chance to get involved in broadcasting across the UK. More than 250 community radio stations broadcast 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.
In addition to the licence awards detailed above, Ofcom considered one further application, but decided not to award a licence to the following group: