Ofcom awards nine new community radio licences

Posted by Bill Best & filed under Licensing, Policy, Radio Industry.

Ofcom has announced the award of nine new community radio licences in England and Wales. The new stations will serve communities in Cannock and Rugeley in Staffordshire, Cinderford in the Forest of Dean, Keynsham, Yeovil, and Minehead in Somerset, Swanage and Dorchester in Dorset, Newquay in Cornwall and the Rhondda Read more +

Community Media Association Annual General Meeting & Networking event, Saturday 2nd December, De Montfort University, Leicester

Posted by Bill Best & filed under Community News, Events.

The Community Media Association Annual General Meeting and Networking event will be held on Saturday 2nd December at Mill Studios, Mill Lane, Leicester LE2 7HU. Mill Studios is Number 24 on the PDF map here. Car parking is available at the Newarke Street Car Park, Newarke Street, Leicester LE1 5SN. A map from the car park to Read more +

Application process for Short Term Restricted Service Licences (SRSLs) during May and June 2018

Posted by Bill Best & filed under Licensing, Radio Industry.

Ofcom has today outlined the application process for SRSLs to provide a radio service between 12 May and 16 June 2018 (inclusive). Ramadan falls within this period, and Ofcom expects to receive a large number of applications to run radio stations at this time. Due to the high demand for Read more +

Wycombe Sound named 2017 Station of the Year

Posted by Bill Best & filed under Community News, Events, Radio Industry.

Wycombe Sound named 2017 Station of the Year Awards recognise invention on a shoestring from Facebook Live to Her Majesty’s Prison The successes of the UK’s growing not-for-profit radio sector were celebrated on the evening of Saturday 23rd September at the second annual Community Radio Awards as Wycombe Sound was named Read more +

Radio Today to broadcast live from the Community Radio Awards

Posted by Bill Best & filed under Community News, Events, Radio Industry.

The second annual Community Radio Awards takes place this Saturday 23 September in Bristol. The 2016 Station of the Year, Ujima Radio is hosting the Awards evening. The Awards celebrate, champion and promote the amazing work of community radio throughout the UK. This year over 70 stations have entered in Read more +

Grass roots media galvanise to tackle hate speech

Posted by Bill Best & filed under Community News, Events, Policy, Radio Industry, Training, TV.

While debate rages about how to stop hate speech on social media, a movement of volunteers across the UK is tackling the so-called ‘alt media of hate’, in their own backyards – and on a shoestring. Community radio stations and local media projects, run by and for the communities that Read more +

Round 4 licence applicants – currently unserved areas

Posted by Bill Best & filed under Radio Industry.

Invitation of applications Ofcom invited applications for services operating on FM only. No areas were excluded on the basis of frequency availability, but this does not indicate that a suitable frequency will be available in every area. The closing date for receipt of applications was 3pm on Thursday 27 July Read more +

Community Radio Tour 2017

Posted by Bill Best & filed under Education, Radio Industry, Resources.

Dom Chambers has taken an active interest in the UK’s community broadcasting sector since joining the CMA Council in 2011. Each year he tours the country to identify and celebrate how various organisations are delivering grass roots and community media. This not only helps share best practice but his visits Read more +

Ofcom Communications Market Report 2017

Posted by Bill Best & filed under Policy, Radio Industry.

Ofcom has today published its annual Communications Market Report, the most comprehensive study of the UK’s TV, radio, broadband, telecoms and postal industries. Ofcom has also published accompanying reports for Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales. A news release is available. Headline issues for community radio are as follows: Total community radio sector revenue was flat in real terms between 2015 Read more +

36 Community Radio Licence Applicants from currently unserved areas

Posted by Bill Best & filed under Licensing, Radio Industry.

This is a list of applications received by the closing date (3pm on Thursday 27 July). The proposed service area for each station in the list below is taken from the application. Basingstoke Radio (Basingstoke, Hampshire) Website: www.basingstokebroadcastingcompany.co.uk Blackburn Youth Radio (Blackburn, Lancashire) Name: Brendan Ferguson Bounce FM (Banbridge, County Down) Read more +

Community Radio Station Supporters’ Scheme Survey

Posted by Bill Best & filed under Campaigns, Education, Radio Industry.

The Community Media Association is conducting a quick survey into the relative value of different sources of income, other than grants and contracts, for community radio stations. We are particularly interested in supporters’ subscription schemes, ‘friends of’ arrangements and paid memberships. Only Q1 is compulsory and you are free to Read more +

Community Radio Fund: Award of grants 2017-18 Round 1

Posted by Bill Best & filed under Funding, Radio Industry.

Ofcom’s Community Radio Fund Panel (‘the Panel’) met on Tuesday 20 June 2017 to consider applications in the first round of funding for 2017-18. The Panel went through each application and awarded funding based on the information provided and with reference to the Community Radio Fund guidance notes. The Panel Read more +

Ofcom invites applications for community radio licences

Posted by Bill Best & filed under Licensing, Policy, Radio Industry.

Ofcom has today opened invitations for applications for new community radio licences for areas within, or those that overlap with, the coverage area of existing community radio services. These applications will be for services operating on FM only: https://www.ofcom.org.uk/__data/assets/pdf_file/0017/104651/invitation-overlapping-areas.pdf The closing date for applications is Tuesday 24 October 2017 at 3pm.

Ofcom response – Community radio: future licensing and technical policy

Posted by Bill Best & filed under Licensing, Policy, Radio Industry.

Ofcom has published a statement following its review of community radio: future licensing and technical policy: https://www.ofcom.org.uk/consultations-and-statements/category-2/cr-future-licensing Ofcom has been awarding community radio licences for more than a decade, and there are now nearly 250 stations on air in the UK.  These stations are small, not-for-profit services which bring a Read more +

Community Station Sedgemoor FM Saves The Breeze

Posted by Bill Best & filed under Radio Industry.

Sedgemoor FM, a community radio station based in Bridgwater Somerset are committed to all aspects of their community, including what some might consider, rival commercial radio stations. In a gesture of good-will and community support, Sedgemoor FM have ensured that the commercial station, The Breeze, (operated by Celador and broadcasting Read more +

Community Radio Networking & Information Day

Posted by Bill Best & filed under Events, Radio Industry.

Vale of Belvoir community radio station 103 The Eye welcomed broadcasters from other stations as far afield as Essex, Hampshire, the West Midlands and Norfolk to a networking and information day in the Civic Suite at Melton Borough Council’s Parkside Offices in Melton Mowbray. It was the third time the Read more +

MKFM shortlisted for Milton Keynes Inspirational Award

Posted by Bill Best & filed under Radio Industry.

Milton Keynes local radio station MKFM has been shortlisted as one of five for the ‘Most Charitable Business’ award at The MK Inspirational Awards 2017. The awards are taking place at Jury’s Inn Milton Keynes on 10th June and are set to be a spectacular red carpet event. Organisers say Read more +

Media Against Hate video contest – Announcing the “Favourite 5”

Posted by Bill Best & filed under Campaigns, Events.

March 21st, 2017 Media – in all their forms – play a crucial role in the shaping of identities, in the promotion or inhibition of dialogue, solidarity and recognition. Which strategies and tools can empower counter-narratives and challenge mainstream perceptions of refugees, of migration, of marginalized groups in general? The Media Read more +

Third Annual Community Radio Networking and Information Day – Saturday, 1 April 2017 – Melton Mowbray

Posted by Bill Best & filed under Events, Radio Industry.

103 The Eye is holding its third annual Community Radio Networking & Information Day in Melton Mowbray on Saturday, 1 April 2017 and those involved in the sector are very welcome to attend. This event follows the success of two previous events held by the award-winning station which is in Read more +

Chelmsford Community Radio launches 18th March!

Posted by Bill Best & filed under Radio Industry.

Chelmsford Community Radio (CCR) is pleased to announce that on Saturday 18th March 2017 at 8am the station will officially launch on 104.4FM. On-Air Director Hal MacLean (52) adds: “Through FM we are committed to share, showcase and celebrate what is going on in and around Chelmsford, whilst providing the opportunity for people of Read more +

SSDAB & Community Radio: Past, Present, Future University of Bedfordshire, Luton – Saturday 25th March, 11am to 4pm

Posted by Bill Best & filed under Events, Radio Industry.

SSDAB & Community Radio: Past, Present, Future University of Bedfordshire, Luton – Saturday 25th March, 11am to 4pm This FREE event is for community radio stations, commercial radio broadcasters and individuals interested in small-scale digital audio broadcasting (SSDAB) and community media. Find out what has been happening so far with Read more +

The Future Sounds Bright For Radio Cardiff

Posted by Bill Best & filed under Radio Industry.

Radio Cardiff, Cardiff’s only community radio station, marks ten years of broadcasting later this year and today announces a new phase in its development as it becomes part of Voluntary Community Service (Cymru) with enhanced community engagement and training capacity, along with a refreshed schedule. Each week more than 60 Read more +

Community Radio Fund: Award of grants 2016/17 Round 2

Posted by Bill Best & filed under Funding, Radio Industry.

The Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) confirmed a total of £392,500 was available for the Community Radio Fund for 2016/17. The amount awarded in the first round of grants was £201,365, leaving £191,135 for the second round of funding. Ofcom’s Community Radio Fund Panel (‘the Panel’) met on Read more +

Media Against Hate – project launch

Posted by Bill Best & filed under Campaigns.

Community Media Forum Europe (CMFE) is partnering with the European Federation of Journalists (EFJ), ARTICLE 19, Media Diversity Institute (MDI), Croatian Journalists’ Association (CJA), Cooperazione per lo Sviluppo dei Paesi Emergenti (COSPE) and Community Media Institute (COMMIT) in the Europe-wide campaign Media Against Hate, to counter hate speech and discrimination Read more +

Expression of interest in applying for a community radio licence – deadline 22/12/16

Posted by Bill Best & filed under Radio Industry.

Ofcom is considering whether and how to invite further applications for community radio licences.PDF online: http://bit.ly/2h78ncNInformation requiredIn order to assist our planning for future community radio development, Ofcom is inviting prospective applicants for a community radio licence to submit an ‘expression of interest’ outlining their intention to apply.An ‘expression of interest’ should include the Read more +

2017 Sandford St Martin Awards opens for entries

Posted by Bill Best & filed under Community News, Education, Events, Radio Industry.

The Sandford St Martin Trust is calling for entries to the UK’s most prestigious awards for radio, TV and online content exploring religious, spiritual or ethical themes. Applications are encouraged from news, current affairs, drama, music, arts, children’s and comedy genres, as well as from specifically ‘religious’ commissions. Stephen Fry’s Read more +

Raidió Fáilte – another step forward

Posted by Bill Best & filed under Community News, Funding, Radio Industry.

Raidió Fáilte, Belfast’s award-winning Irish language community radio station took another major step forward in its plans to build a new Irish language media, broadcasting and training centre, when planning permission was granted by Belfast City council for the proposal. The planned new centre, at the junction of the Falls Read more +