News Roundup- 19th February

Community Radio News

The CMA Conference and AGM will be held on Saturday 16th June at the City of Bath College.  

The conference will include Ed Vaizey, the Minister for Culture, Communications and Creative Industries, and Zane Ibrahim, formerly the MD of Bush Radio in South Africa.

The ticket prices have not yet been released.

As part of World Radio Day 2012 on the 13th February, UNESCO has launched a new practice handbook with case studies of community media from around the world. 

The handbook was complied by Steve Buckley and it is a compilation of 30 community radio and other media examples. The handbook can be found here.


Phoenix FM in Brentwood has moved studios as their founder and chairman Paul Golder prepares to become a full-time station manager.

Paul believes the station can become a commercial success and that the future is bright for Phoenix FM. He will be working 40 hours a week to try and get schools, clubs and community groups involved.

Phoenix, which now has 40 volunteer presenters and broadcasts 24 hours a day, seven days a week, started as a part-time station in 1996. They have had a string of celebrity interviewees, such as pop star Pixie Lott, comedian Lee Evans and glamour model Jodie Marsh.

The station has now moved to a new 1,000 square foot suite at the Brentwood Centre, which will be the station’s home for at least the next five years.


GFM community radio stations has big plans to expand their services and increase their number of volunteers following a difficult year.

The station covers Glastonbury, Street, Wells and villages and last year the station had a key grant taken away. However, the future is looking brighter as new sponsors and advertisers have been found.


Irvine Beat FM in Ayrshire, Scotland, has been granted charity status from SCIO. The community radio station believes that this award marks a major step forward to securing a five-year licence.

The station can now apply for funding based on its charity status.

But in order to achieve this the station is having a recruitment drive for presenters, receptionists, IT experts and the Street Team. For more details, see their Facebook page.


The directors of Watford community radio station, The Vibe, may face being removed at a company meeting next week.

The move has sparked outrage among the directors, in particular county councillor Mark Watkin, who is angry that no reason has been given for their removal. Councillor Watkin said “I am appalled”.

The shareholders of The Vibe said they would not comment on the situation until the meeting on Wednesday.

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