Ofcom has just announced that it is going to grant 4 new licences to stations in Devon and Cornwall. CHBN will cater for the Truro audience, Penwith Radio for the Penzance community, Redruth Radio for Redruth and the surrounding villages, and Totnes FM will service Totnes. (For more information about these stations see the Ofcom news realease).
Janey Gordon is a leading academic in community radio. She is the author of several books about community media used in Universities across the country, and a Principle Lecturer in Media at the University of Bedfordshire.
The biggest struggle for any community radio station is finding and sustaining funding needed to operate.
One go-to source of funding is The Community Radio Fund. With the deadline for the first round of 2012/13 growing near, we thought we would have a detailed look at how it works, and where exactly that money has been going.
Last month we looked in detail at government plans to introduce local community television in the UK. Regardless of the obstacles in making this a reality, it undoubtedly has the potential to transform community media, and establish a powerful new platform for our local areas.
Surprisingly, Community TV is not a new idea. Swindon Viewpoint describe themselves as a “focal point for the visual life and times” of the Swindon area. Beginning in 1958, they have transformed into an online living, breathing and growing documentary about all aspects of their local history (and present!). It is an endlessly explorable vault of diverse, well-created programmes. Despite all this, Swindon is not on any list of potential locations in plans for rolling out new local stations. Dubbed “the original YouTube”, we spoke to Chairman Martin Parry about what community media like this can really achieve.
1.3 million more people than last year can now enjoy the services of their local community radio station.
The latest Ofcom report on community radio shows that the stations are reaching more adults across the UK than ever before. It is estimated that 10.5 million adults are now able to receive the community radio station aimed at them. This is a 1.3 million increase on last year.
Community Radios are getting poorer as Ofcom report a 19% drop in their average incomes.
The latest statistics come from the broadcasting regulator’s latest annual report on the community radio sector.
Ofcom’s report for the previous year (2009/10) showed a 6% drop in average incomes, so these recent statistics show a significant drop in the financial health the of community radio sector. Continue reading
By the end of this year, Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt plans to give out the first Local
Television licenses in the UK. He hopes to have a number of initial services up and running by June 2015.