The new stations will serve communities in Bristol, Maldon, and Newcastle and Gateshead, in England; Belfast in Northern Ireland; as well as Cumbernauld, and Musselburgh, Tranent and Wallyford in Scotland.
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 250 community radio stations are currently on air today.
The eight new community radio licences have been awarded to:
- BE FM (BE FM Belfast Limited)
BE FM will be a cross-community and non-denominational Christian radio station for listeners in Belfast, Northern Ireland.
- Cumbernauld FM (Cumbernauld FM Limited)
Cumbernauld FM will broadcast to communities in Cumbernauld, North Lanarkshire.
- Juice (Juice Belfast Limited)
Juice will serve the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community in Belfast, Northern Ireland.
- Maldon Community Radio (St Peter’s Studio and Community Radio Limited)
Contact name: Nick Skeens
Maldon Community Radio will now cover a larger part of the Maldon District area in Essex. (It already broadcasts a community radio service across a smaller area. It will need to surrender that licence should it take up this licence offer.).
- Pride FM Tyneside (Pride Community Network Limited)
Contact name: Peter Darrant
Pride FM Tyneside will be a radio station for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community in Newcastle and Gateshead, Tyne and Wear.
- Radio Saltire (Radio Saltire (SCIO)
Contact name: David Martin
Radio Saltire will be a community radio station for the people of Tranent, Wallyford and Musselburgh, East Lothian.
- Radio Tyneside (Radio Tyneside)
Contact: Dave Nicholson
Radio Tyneside will promote good health and wellbeing to the over 50s in Newcastle and Gateshead, Tyne and Wear.
- SWU.FM (SWU.FM Limited)
Contact: Oliver Watton
SWU.FM will broadcast urban, electronic and dance music to young people in Bristol.
The licences are awarded for a five-year period. See a statement setting out the main determining factors for the award of the licences (PDF, 174.8 KB).
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