Ofcom has today announced the award of three new community radio licences in Northampton.
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.
Just under 300 community radio stations are currently on air.
The three new community radio licences have been awarded to:
Inspiration FM will serve underrepresented ethnic minority communities in Northampton with the specific aim of promoting social inclusion. The service has held a community radio licence for 10 years.
Embrace Radio is for all members of the community within the Northampton area, with a focus on regular local news.
Revolution Radio will serve the diverse ethnic communities of Northampton, but also intends to appeal to a wider audience to facilitate links with marginalised communities.
The licences are awarded for a five-year period. A statement (PDF, 189.4 KB) setting out the main determining factors for the award of the licences above can be found on the Ofcom website.