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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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

The Hospital Radio Awards 2012….. 24 hours on

This time yesterday on the 31st of March 2012, in a hotel in Northampton, the winners of the Hospital Broadcasting Association Awards 2012 were announced.

From the people or programmes shortlisted in each of the 8 categories, a bronze, silver and gold winner was announced as well the special John Whitney Award and the HBA Volunteer of the Year. Community RA+Edio was keeping a keen eye on the proceedings and talking to some of the evenings attendees so we thought we’d let you know some of our top feedback so far from the evening. 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- 19th February

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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.

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News Roundup: 5th February

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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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News Roundup- 28th January

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Radio News

The Guardian has begun a campaign to have more women broadcasting on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme.

Guardian columnist, Kira Cochrane’s research highlighted a notable lack of female contributors on some of the leading programmes. For example, 72% of Question Time contributors are men and 84% of  reporters and guests on BBC Radio 4’s flagship Today programme are male with only one female presenter Sarah Montague.

Ed Vaizey, the Culture Minister, has asked for a meeting with BBC director general, Mark Thompson, to discuss the issue and Conservative MP Nadine Dorries called a debate in the House of Commons, in which she accused the BBC of having a “culture of sexism”.

We at Community RA+Edio would like to know whether this problem can only be found at a professional level or whether there is a gender imbalance among community and hospital radio stations. Do you receive the same number of applications from men and women? Can this problem be seen amongst voluntary radio as well as national programmes? Let us know via our Contact Us page.