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- 17th April

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Hospital Radio News

Radio Freeway in South Wales was flooded by chocolate this Easter as members of the public made Easter special for the young patients at Morriston Hospital.

Craig Astley, a DJ on the station, had been hoping for about 60 Easter eggs when he launched the appeal. Instead almost 200 eggs were donated!

The eggs were given to children in Oakwood and Dyfed wards at Morriston Hospital and to the Welsh Dragons Burns Club Easter egg hunt on Pendine sands.

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News Roundup- 17th April

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Community Radio News

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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Community Radio News

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- 10th April

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Hospital Radio News

A Nantwich station has helped raise funds for a neonatal unit. 

RedShift Radio organised an Easter Family Fun Day at the Nantwich Jazz Festival this Easter Monday. The event was held to raise funds for a new intensive care unit for Mid Chesire Hospitals.

It is in aid of the One in Eleven Appeal, who are fundraising to build the facilities, a cause they say is close to many people’s hearts.

The event included an Easter Egg hunt, face painting, and live music in order to gather support.

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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.

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News Roundup- 15th March

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Hospital Radio News

The Hospital Broadcasting Association are launching Hospital Broadcasting Week 2012, which will celebrate the good work of Hospital Radio volunteers across the UK.

It will be launched on Saturday March 31st as part of the HBA Conference Weekend in Northampton and it’ll run for nine days, taking in the Easter Weekend, so the “week” won’t officially end until Easter Monday, April the 9th.

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News Roundup- 15th March

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Community Radio News

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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