Ofcom awards two new community radio licences

30 May 2018

Ofcom has today announced the award of two new community radio licences in England.

The new stations will serve communities in Bradford and Hampshire.

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 two new community radio licences have been awarded to:

Radio MAC (Media Arts & Culture Limited), Bradford

Contact name: Humair Shahid
Website: www.radiomac.org
Radio MAC will broadcast a community radio service to the Muslim and wider ethnic communities of Bradford.

Rush FM (Rush FM Limited), Farnborough, Hampshire

Contact name: Tim Newman

Rush FM will be a community radio service for young people aged 30 and under in Farnborough and its surrounding areas.

The licences are awarded for a five-year period. See a statement setting out the main determining factors for the award of the licences above (PDF, 162.1 KB).

Notes to editors

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

  • All Islam Radio (All Islam Radio Limited), Bradford
  • Bradford Asian Radio (Bradford Asian Radio Limited Company), Bradford
  • Festival Radio (Bradford Asian Community Associates Ltd), Bradford
  • Radio VOB (Voice of Bradford Ltd), Bradford
  • Xpression FM (Xpression Media Limited), Bradford
  • Heath Radio (Heath Radio CIC), Fleet, Hartley Wintney, Yateley, Farnborough and Camberley