If you’re inspired to start your own community radio station in your area, it can seem like a daunting prospect. The CMA is here to assist organisations of all sizes across the UK in providing community media services. We’ve brought together resources and information to help you take those first steps towards your new station.

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Frequency availability

If you’re applying for a community radio licence in Ofcom’s third round over the next few years, there are a number of issues you need to be aware of around FM frequency availability.   Because of the success of the first two rounds of licensing, Ofcom has made it clear Read more +

Ofcom Broadcasting Code and Elections

Ofcom recently emailed all community radio stations about the rules relating to the election period, with the links to the Broadcasting Code and some slides below. ++ Dear Community Radio Operator With the upcoming General Election we are taking this opportunity to remind stations and licence holders where to find Read more +

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Community Radio Licensing

Inspired to start up and give your local community a voice? The world of licensing can sometimes seem a little daunting. Here’s a quick guide on how to get yourself started. Starting out One of the best ways to prove the case for your station, and get an organisation up Read more +

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PRS For Music & PPL

Running a community radio station? Thinking of launching? Make sure that you’re covered – read our convenient guide to music licensing from the PRS and PPL. A bit of history By law, under the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988, if you play (perform) copyright music in public (i.e. outside Read more +

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Station Equipment and Software

Setting up a community radio station, whether it’s online, full-time or RSL, can be a daunting prospect. Everything from mixers to microphones, transmitters to tele-balance units need to be procured… and it’s easy to become overwhelmed with the sheer number of options available. In the coming weeks, this page will Read more +