Ofcom has today announced the award of five new community radio licences for medium wave (AM) services.
The new stations will serve communities in Glasgow, West Leicestershire, Suffolk & northern parts of Essex, Yeovil and south Somerset, and Leicester.
Community radio services are provided on a not-for-profit basis, focusing on the delivery of specific social benefits to a particular geographical community, or a community of interest.
Licences have been awarded to:
Ark AM will serve the needs of Glasgow’s diverse Muslim communities.
Carillon Wellbeing Radio (Carillon Wellbeing Limited)
Contact name: Jon Sketchley
Carillon Wellbeing Radio is for people in West Leicestershire who have, or who are at risk of developing, long term health conditions.
Radio Caroline will broadcast a wide range of album music from the 1960s to the present day. It is for people aged 45+ in Suffolk and northern parts of Essex.
Radio Ninesprings will bring a locally-focussed community radio service for the people of Yeovil and the south Somerset District area.
Radio Seerah will be a station for the diverse Muslim and ethnic communities of inner Leicester.
See our statement setting out the main determining factors for the award of the community radio licences (PDF, 198.7 KB). Community radio licences are awarded for a five-year period.
Community radio, which offers thousands of volunteers the chance to get involved in broadcasting across the UK, is ten years old.
The last decade has seen the number of community radio stations increase from just a handful to more than 250 stations, each reflecting the local needs and interests of its audience.
In April, Ofcom announced the conclusions of its review of community radio: future licensing and technical policy.
Ofcom will amend its technical policy, to remove references to set coverage areas for community radio stations. We will adopt a more flexible approach, and applications will be considered for wider areas where applicants can clearly demonstrate the proposed coverage area will better serve its target community, where it is technically possible.
Ofcom will also consider requests to improve coverage within existing licensed areas. This can help a station overcome poor coverage due to interference or local terrain issues.
1. In addition to the licence awards detailed above, Ofcom considered seven further applications, but decided not to award a licence to the following groups: