Ofcom awards eight new community radio licences

09 May 2018

Ofcom has today announced the award of eight new community radio licences (PDF, 215.9 KB) in England and Scotland.

The new stations will serve communities in Coventry, Leeds, Reading and Waterlooville in England; and Glasgow and Peterhead in Scotland.

Community radio services are provided on a not-for-profit basis, focusing on the delivery of specific social benefits to a particular area or community of interest.

More than 250 community radio stations are currently on air.

The eight new community radio licences have been awarded to:

2tr (Two Towns Radio) (Basingstoke Broadcasting Company Limited)

Contact name: Matthew Perry-Vaughan

2tr will be a community radio service for Reading with a particular focus on listeners under-40.

Buchan Radio (Buchan Community Radio CIC)

Contact name: John Cropley
Website: www.buchanradio.com

Buchan Radio will broadcast to communities in Peterhead and the surrounding areas.

East Leeds FM (Heads Together Productions Limited)

Contact name: Adrian Sinclair
Website: www.chapelfm.co.uk

East Leeds FM will be an arts-based community radio service targeting disadvantaged communities in East Leeds.

Groove City Radio (Groove City Radio Limited)

Contact name: Paul Mulholland

Groove City Radio will be a specialist music service for 20-50 year-old listeners in Glasgow, featuring dance, soul, electronic and house music.

Leeds Dance Community Radio (Leeds Dance Community Radio Limited)

Contact name: Lyall Cardis

Leeds Dance Community Radio will be a specialist urban and dance music service for listeners in Leeds.

Revival FM (Revival FM (Glasgow) Limited)

Contact name: Anne Kelly
Website: www.revival.fm

Revival FM will be a community radio service offering a Christian perspective for listeners in Glasgow.

The Flash (The Flash On Air Limited)

Contact name: Martin Kirby
Website: www.theflashonair.co.uk

The Flash will serve musicians and the wider community of Waterlooville with a focus on original music from local artists and rock, blues and folk.

Vanny Radio (Vanny Radio-Community Broadcasters)

Contact name: Cherry Spencer
Website: www.vannyradio.com

Vanny Radio will serve the BME community and young people under the age of 25 in Coventry.

The licences are awarded for a five-year period. A statement setting out the main determining factors for the award of the licences above (PDF, 215.9 KB) can be found on the Ofcom website.



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

  • Abusua Radio (Abusua Radio UK), Leeds
  • Akash Radio Leeds (Akash Radio Leeds Limited)

2. Seven further applications have been rejected due to there being no suitable FM frequency available:

  • Asian Air Radio (Asian Air Limited), Sparkhill, Sparkbrook, Small Heath, Bordesley Green, Moseley and Kings Heath in Birmingham;
  • Chak De FM (Chak De FM Limited), Birmingham and Sandwell;
  • Indus Radio (Indus Community Radio Limited), Birmingham and Sandwell;
  • Radio Central (Radio Central Limited), Birmingham;
  • Sahara Radio (Sahara Radio), Birmingham
  • Radio India (Radio India Limited), Metropolitan Borough of Dudley;
  • Regen FM (Regen Media Group Limited), Tottenham and Haringey, London.

3. In addition, one application has been rejected due to the proposed transmission proposals not being suitable to achieve the applicant’s required coverage area:

  • Gorgeous FM (Gorgeous FM Limited), Wolverhampton and Dudley.