News Roundup- 28th April

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Hospital Radio News

Birmingham Hospital Radio has its own diamond jubilee

It has been broadcasting across major hospitals in the city for 60 years now.

They are celebrating with an anniversary ball on May the 19th where past and present members and presenters will be gathering.

The station are also in the difficult process of moving studios- they are about to sign a lease to take over an old Operating Theatre at Queen Elizabeth Hospital.

To find out more about their 60th celebrations go to their website

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News Roundup- 28th April

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Community Radio News

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 – 25th March

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Community Radio News

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- 26th February

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Community Radio News

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- 26th February

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Hospital Radio News

Withybush Hospital Radio will stop broadcasting on FM this week

The station which launched in 1978 has been broadcasting on 87.7 fm since 1999 but they can no longer afford the increasing fees needed to transmit on an FM frequency.

Instead it will revert to the hospitals hard-wired system which only works in a few wards of the hospital in Pembrokeshire.

A statement by the station says they hope to provide their service through web streaming soon. They also say the loss of FM broadcasting means the station will need to be rebranded.

Are increasing licence fees affecting the ability of your station to broadcast on FM? If so we want to hear your story. Get in touch with us via our contact page. Continue reading

News Roundup: 5th February

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Community Radio News

A new community station in Northumberland has been given the go-ahead to start broadcasting.

Synergy fm will be based in Bedlington and will broadcast online and on 87.7 fm to towns including, Morpeth, Ashington, Blyth and Cramlington.

Organisers have been trying to raise money for nearly 4 years to start up the studio in a former gas showroom. They have raised around £20,000 so far from local and national contributors including the Big Lottery fund.

Their 28 day licence has just been approved and they will start broadcasting on Saturday March 3rd.

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News Roundup: 5th February

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Hospital Radio News

The shortlist for the national Hospital Radio Awards has been released.

The 10 awards categories include best male/female presenters as well as station of the year, best special event, and the HBA volunteer of the year.

The awards ceremony will be held on the 31st March 2012 in Northampton as part of their annual conference.

 

For a full list of nominations see hbauk.co.uk.

If you’ve been shortlisted then we’d love to hear from you. Get in touch with us via our Contact Us page.

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