Ofcom has today announced the award of two new community radio licences in England.
The new stations will serve communities in Manchester and Leicester.
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:
Contact name: Waqar Abbasi
Heritage Radio’s programming will predominantly serve the Muslim community in Whalley Range and surrounding areas in south Manchester. The station currently holds a licence to broadcast a community radio service on medium wave (AM), which it will surrender when the FM service commences.
Contact name: Vijay Mistry
Radio2Funky will serve 16 to 35 year olds who have an interest in urban music and the arts in Leicester.
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, 160.4 KB).
1. In addition to the licence awards detailed above, Ofcom considered eight further applications, but decided not to award a licence to the following:
2. Ofcom decided not to consider an application from the following: