Getting the Green Light- A Look at Getting a Community Radio Licence

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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).

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News Roundup- 28th April

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Radio station in breach of its license

Rossendale Radio stopped broadcasting last month and now Ofcom has ruled that it failed to meet the requirements of its license.

The Ofcom bulletin said “Community radio licences are granted for a five-year period, and broadcasting a service, as well as providing other outputs such as opportunities for volunteers, is required throughout the period.” It was these requirements that the station was in breach of.

The station was also not financially viable- the statement on their website highlighted 18 months of financial difficulty.

At the moment there are plans to try and revive the station but they will have to wait until Spring 2013 to place a bid with Ofcom for a new license. Continue reading

News Roundup- 17th April

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The Welsh Government has invested £100,000 into local radio stations across Wales to help them continue to play a valuable role in their communities.

Eight community radio stations were chosen for their commitment to the communities they serve. They were assessed in a number of areas, including; promoting training and social enterprise for excluded and vulnerable people, encouraging healthy lifestyles, and strengthening cultural and linguistic identity.

The eight radio stations that were awarded grants are:

* GTFM in Pontypridd will receive £16,000
* BRFM in Blaenau Gwent will receive £16,500
* Tudno FM in Llandudno will receive £13,400
* Point FM in Rhyl will receive £10,000
* Calon FM in Wrexham will receive £18,000
* Radio Cardiff will receive £5,500
* Tircoed will receive £5,500
* Bro Radio in the Vale of Glamorgan will receive £15,000.

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News Roundup- 10th April

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Eleven brand new full-time community radio licenses have been awarded by Ofcom.

The new services, each with a five year license, are in south west England and Wales. Congratulations to all, we look forward to hearing them live soon!

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News Roundup – 25th March

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The Voice are attempting their own digital switchover.

The station in North Devon hopes to launch full time on DAB on April the 12th but is also waiting to find out if it’ll be granted a full time FM licence.

If all goes to plan for the station’s digital launch, most of North Devon will be able to tune in.

They are conducting some research into digital listening habits as part of the process though a survey on their website.

Is your station attempting a digital platform switch? If so, the Community RA+Edio team want to hear about it. Continue reading

News Roundup- 15th March

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The first round for Ofcom’s Community Radio Funding applications in 2012/3 will open on 9 April.

Grants can only be made to community radio licensees who are broadcasting under a community radio license. The latest application form and guidance notes are available from their website.

The deadline is 11 May 2012.

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News Roundup- 8th March

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Bradford Community Broadcasting celebrates ten years of full-time broadcast.

BCB 106.6FM has seen over 230 volunteers contribute to the station, which has been running for twenty years in total.

It was originally chosen as one of fifteen pilot stations by the Radio Authority in 2002, and has kept its licence ever since.

The anniversary will be celebrated with a series of programmes, including a world record attempt for the highest number of people presenting a single radio programme.

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News Roundup- 26th February

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Diversity FM is closing because of a lack of funding

The station, based in Lancaster said in a statement on their website that it would cost £6000 a month to keep it on the air.

They are not giving up hope yet- they say the station could still be saved with a sudden injection of money and have created a just giving page for the cause.

The statement on their website also outlined the work they do in their community helping people with physical disabilities, mental health issues and addiction problems.

If finances continue as expected then Diversity FM will cease broadcasting on March 31st.

Here at Community Ra&edio we feel like we see reported closures of community stations almost weekly. Why do you think community stations are struggling so much? Contact us and let us know what you think.

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News Roundup- 19th February

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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.

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