Ofcom Awards Four New Community Radio Licences


By Cyber Era Staff

Ofcom has today, March 3, 2020 announced the award of three new community radio licences in England, and one in Scotland.

The new stations will serve communities in Edinburgh, Melksham in Wiltshire, Thornbury in Gloucestershire and Wimborne Minster, East Dorset.

Community radio services are provided on a not-for-profit basis, focusing on the delivery of specific social benefits to a particular area or community of interest.

More than 290 community radio stations are currently on air.

The four new community radio licences have been awarded to:

Radio Melksham will be a local radio service for the community of Melksham and the surrounding area. It is run by volunteers from the local community and offer training in broadcasting skills.  Contact name for the station is Phil Dawson.

Radio Wimborne will provide local news and content for the people of Wimborne Minster and neighbouring towns and village. The station will highlight community issues and provide training and support for young people interested in media.  Radio Wimborne’s contact person is Zahid Iqbal Ali.

Sam Radio will serve Edinburgh’s Asian community with an interactive service of entertaining, informative and educational programmes, broadcasting in Hindustani, Punjabi and Arabic.

Thornbury Radio will provide a radio service for the residents of Thornbury with local information and news and opportunities to reduce social isolation and make new friends.

The licences are awarded for a five-year period.

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