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:
Contact name: Matthew Perry-Vaughan
2tr will be a community radio service for Reading with a particular focus on listeners under-40.
Contact name: John Cropley
Buchan Radio will broadcast to communities in Peterhead and the surrounding areas.
Contact name: Adrian Sinclair
East Leeds FM will be an arts-based community radio service targeting disadvantaged communities in East Leeds.
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.
Contact name: Lyall Cardis
Leeds Dance Community Radio will be a specialist urban and dance music service for listeners in Leeds.
Contact name: Anne Kelly
Revival FM will be a community radio service offering a Christian perspective for listeners in Glasgow.
Contact name: Martin Kirby
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.
Contact name: Cherry Spencer
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.
NOTES TO EDITORS
1. In addition to the licence awards detailed above, Ofcom considered two further applications, but decided not to award a licence to the following:
2. Seven further applications have been rejected due to there being no suitable FM frequency available:
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: