Community radio: future licensing and technical policy

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

Ofcom has published a review of its community radio licensing and technical policy. Ofcom has been awarding community radio licences for more than a decade, and there are now nearly 250 stations in the UK. These stations are small, not-for-profit services which bring a range of benefits to their target Read more +

Community Media, Social Housing and the NHS Sustainability & Transformation Plans – An Opportunity to Change the National Wellbeing Landscape?

Posted by Bill Best & filed under Campaigns, Education, Funding.

For those of you who were able to attend the CMA’s Community Media Conference this year, you will know that one of the principal discussions concerned the role of community media as an essential partner in enabling and improving social change and wellbeing. Although I don’t come from CM I Read more +

Sell-out success for the Community Media Conference 2016

Posted by Bill Best & filed under Events.

Volunteers, students, and professionals who are passionate about improving their communities met in Birmingham on Saturday 10th September, to learn from, and inspire, one another. The event was the annual Community Media Conference, and those who came represent small independent radio stations, TV channels and publishers from all over the Read more +

Community Media Changing Lives – CMA Strategy 2016 – 2021

Posted by Bill Best & filed under Campaigns, Community News, Policy.

The digital revolution has brought media production into the hands of many people, but not always the opportunities to create, share and consume content on community-owned, not-for-profit platforms. Not content with simply being the audience, or subject matter, communities around the UK want to tell and distribute their own stories. The Community Read more +

Creativity, Diversity, Wellbeing – what’s behind our conference theme

Posted by Tamar Millen & filed under Arts.

Over the last year, discussions at CMA Council meetings have often been about how we could help to change public perception of community media. Are we amateurs, playing at radio, TV and print? No! We are professionals, working in community development. We have found the ‘magic bullet’ for transforming the Read more +

Dom Chambers to host the Community Radio Awards

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

The inaugural Community Radio Awards - taking place on the 10th September at Birmingham City University – are excited to announce that they will be hosted by Dom Chambers. The Awards will celebrate, champion and promote the amazing work of community radio throughout the UK. With 235 nominations received for 16 categories, Read more +

Hereward Television to Benefit From High-Tech Skills Taught to Local Citizens

Posted by Bill Best & filed under Community News, Training, TV.

Media training resource for Peterborough and the Fenlands gets ‘thumbs-up’ from the Charity Commission Hereward Media took a huge step towards meeting its long-term objectives this week, as the Charity Commission approved its application to become a registered charity. The media training provider will introduce high-tech skills to those seeking Read more +

Six community radio licence awards in the south east of England: July 2016

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

Ofcom awarded six community radio licences in July 2016. The licences are for services in the south east England region (outside the M25). These awards bring the licensing decisions for this region to a close. Applicants awarded a licence Ofcom has made a licence award to each of the following: Read more +

Community Radio Joint Music Licence

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

Dear Members & Supporters Ofcom-licensed community radio stations will recently have received a letter from PPL and/or PRSfM informing you that the two societies intend to launch a new joint community radio licence (the “Joint Licence”). The intention of the Joint Licence is to simplify the licensing process for Ofcom-licensed Read more +

Ofcom awarded six community radio licences in June 2016

Posted by Shahzada Choudhury & filed under Licensing, Radio Industry.

The licences are for services in the south east England region (outside the M25). These services will be licensed for a period of five years from the date of their launch. All six services will be licensed to broadcast on FM. Angel Radio, Portsmouth and Havant Angel Radio will be a Read more +

Ofcom invites applicants for community radio licences

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

From today Ofcom is inviting applications for community radio licences serving: London and other areas within the M25 motorway, broadcasting on either FM or AM (medium wave); and localities throughout the UK but excluding London and areas within the M25, broadcasting on AM (medium wave) only. Both documents include information for applicants Read more +

Community Radio Fund Round 2, 2016-to-2017

Posted by Shahzada Choudhury & filed under Community News.

The second round of the Community Radio Fund in 2016-17 is open for applications from 19 October until 5pm on Wednesday 16 November 2016. The awarding Panel will meet in January 2017 to consider the applications. Grants can only be made to community radio licensees in the UK, who are Read more +

Five community radio licence awards in the south east of England

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

Ofcom has awarded five community radio licences in May 2016. The licences are for services in the south east England region (outside the M25). Ofcom has made a licence award to each of the following: Vectis Radio (Vectis Radio Limited) Newport, Isle of Wight Andover Radio (Andover Radio Limited), Andover, Read more +

Dale Brown, East Coast FM

Posted by Bill Best & filed under Resources.

Here’s the story of Dale Brown who presented his first show on East Coast FM this week and will present every other week going forward. Dale Brown, from Dunbar, has cerebral palsy and took to the airwaves for his first-ever radio show thanks in part to a clever bit of Read more +

Community Radio Fund Round 1, 2016-to-2017

Posted by Shahzada Choudhury & filed under Community News.

Ofcom has announced that the Community Radio Fund 2016 – 2017 has opened for applications. Funding is available to not-for-profit radio stations that have a social purpose, and work to involve their target community in running the service. Funding will be available to Community Radio Stations towards their core running costs. Read more +

Entries now open for the Community Radio Awards 2016

Posted by Shahzada Choudhury & filed under Community News, Radio Industry.

Entries for the not-for-profit Community Radio Awards are now open. Stations, management staff and volunteers from Ofcom-licenced community stations are all eligible to submit entries through the easy online system. Each entry is £5, to be submitted via the awards portal – located at judgify.me/communityradioawards – and there is no limit to the number of Read more +

Five community radio licence awards in the south east of England: April 2016

Posted by Shahzada Choudhury & filed under Community News.

Ofcom has awarded five community radio licences in April 2016. The licences are for services in the south east England region (outside the M25). Ofcom has made a licence award to each of the following: Red Kite Radio (Red Kite Radio and Media Limited), Haddenham (Buckinghamshire) and Thame (Oxfordshire) Red Read more +

103 The Eye Weekend of Events

Posted by Shahzada Choudhury & filed under Community News.

Picture caption: 103 The Eye presenter Keith Galloway (on the right) with Liam Burke, from Broadcast Radio Ltd, who demonstrated studio equipment and music playout systems during the networking day. Directors and managers of community radio stations from across the UK converged on Melton on Saturday to take part in an Read more +

Directors confirm The Hub will stay on air, with newly appointed management and outside investment.

Posted by Shahzada Choudhury & filed under Community News.

After last week’s disappointing news that The Hub community radio station would be closing down and switching off its transmitters, we are extremely pleased to announce the station will now continue to broadcast for the foreseeable future. Last week’s public announcement prompted an influx of offers of support, from a Read more +

Hermitage FM Receives High Sheriff’s Award

Posted by Shahzada Choudhury & filed under Community News.

Jon and Jan Sketchley were honoured to be invited to attend the High Sheriff Handover and Declaration ceremony at The Town Hall in Leicester on Friday 8 April 2016  where, on behalf of Hermitage FM, they were delighted to receive a High Sheriff’s Award  from the outgoing High Sheriff, Gordon Arthur. Hermitage FM Read more +

Community Radio Networking & Information Day, 16th April, Melton Mowbray

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

103 The Eye is holding its second annual Community Radio Networking And Information Day in Melton Mowbray on Saturday, 16 April 2016 and those involved in the sector are very welcome to attend.This follows the success of the inaugural event held last year by the award-winning station which recently celebrated its 10th anniversary of Read more +

Community Radio Awards to recognise work of volunteers

Posted by Shahzada Choudhury & filed under Community News.

A brand new awards ceremony for community radio stations is to recognise the hard work of thousands of dedicated volunteers across the UK. Award submissions will open in May, with a ceremony to be held in the Autumn, of which more details will be announced soon. Martin Steers, awards chair, Read more +

Community Media Conference 2016 – Join us on Saturday 10th September –

Posted by Shahzada Choudhury & filed under Community News, Events.

The Community Media Conference 2016 is the premier community media event in the UK and open to everyone involved in and interested in community media and community radio. Presented by the Community Media Association and hosted by the Birmingham School of Media (Faculty of Arts, Design & Media) at Birmingham City University on Saturday 10th Read more +

Review of the approach to community radio Key Commitments

Posted by Shahzada Choudhury & filed under Community News.

Key Commitments are the part of a community radio licence which describes the type of service that the community radio station must provide, and include elements such as the nature of the programme output, and the ways in which the station will deliver community benefits. Ofcom published a consultation in Read more +

Soundart Radio up for The People’s Projects Lottery TV Vote

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

“We are delighted that our project, Feeling Sound has been shortlisted as one of the People’s Projects for our region” writes Lucinda Guy of Soundart Radio. Feeling Sound is just one of five selected projects who may receive up to £50,000 of funding from the Big Lottery. It’s up to everyone Read more +

Penistone FM 95.7 up for The People’s Projects Lottery TV Vote

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

Penistone FM and their training project “Evolve” is one of only five groups in South Yorkshire that have been shortlisted to compete for the public vote and up to £50,000 of Big Lottery cash in ITV’s The Peoples Projects TV competition. Penistone FM will make a bid for viewers support Read more +