Community Radio Fund: award of grants for 2015/16 Round 1

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

Ofcom’s Community Radio Fund Panel met on Tuesday 23 June 2015 to consider applications in the first round of grant awards for 2015/16. The Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) confirmed the total of £377,000 for the Community Radio Fund for 2015. The amount awarded in this first round Read more +

Ofcom invites applications for community radio licences in South East England

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

Ofcom is inviting licence applications for community radio licences in South East England, excluding the area inside the M25. Community radio services are provided on a not-for-profit basis, focusing on the delivery of specific social benefits to a particular geographical community or a community of interest. Ofcom is making changes Read more +

Ofcom awards five new community radio licences in the East of England

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

Ofcom’s Broadcast Licensing Committee (‘BLC’) awarded five community radio licences in June 2015. The licences are for services in the East of England region. Ofcom’s BLC made a licence award to each of the following: Peterborough FM (PACO Ltd), Peterborough Salaam Radio (Salaam Radio Ltd), Peterborough Brecks FM (Watton Radio Read more +

Sixty small-scale radio stations take to the air in Ofcom trials

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

Radio listeners in ten areas around the country will benefit from new DAB digital stations as part of an Ofcom trial this summer. Ofcom has announced that around 60 stations will begin broadcasting on digital radio for the first time using ‘small scale DAB’. This new approach could provide a Read more +

The new look CMA…

Posted by Bill Best & filed under Events.

On Saturday 6th June the Community Media Association came together for a strategic organisational review. Meeting at the Central Community Centre in Swindon, the day was managed by Shila Brown, a freelance facilitator, consultant and project developer. The review is reflective of a re-energised CMA which is working hard to Read more +

Unglued – A New Radio Drama By Paul Kenny

Posted by Tamar Millen & filed under Arts.

Like all relationships, it was based on a commonality; a relational glue that binds two people together. For Beth and Stew, it was their daughter ‘Holly’ that was the glue that held the relationship together. But what happens to that relationship when the glue disappears? Did they ever really know Read more +

Business Development Manager Role at BSR 103.4FM

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

BSR 103.4FM is an award-winning community radio Station broadcasting from the heart of Bradley Stoke across the South Gloucestershire region. Granted an FM licence in 2013 the station broadcasts 24/7 with a range of live presenter led programmes from specialist music, Daily Breakfast and Drive Time, Saturday Community chat, Current affairs and Sport Read more +

CMA AGM & Conference 2015

Posted by Bill Best & filed under Events.

To CMA members, This is to update you on how the CMA is developing ahead of our annual AGM and conference. Last year we embarked on a process of internal change that puts the needs of our members at the heart of our operational focus. In January I said that Read more +

Free iOS and Android app plus revenue share for community stations

Posted by Bill Best & filed under Radio Industry.

Community Media Association partners Exaget – the makers of the CMA-endorsed Reach Radio Player – are looking to build closer relationships with individual community stations. You can sign up your station here: http://www.exaget.com/cma-promotion/ In this CMA-exclusive article Exaget CEO Shankar Meembat explains why: Over the last fifteen months here at Read more +

Phonic FM’s Rugby Stories: call to artists

Posted by Tamar Millen & filed under Arts.

+ Exeter’s community radio station to commission four audio portraits of the city+ Proposals invited from the the city’s artistic community+ A fee of £750 will be paid for each commissioned work This September and October, England will host Rugby World Cup 2015. Three of the tournament’s matches will be Read more +

103 The Eye licence renewed

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

The Community Media Association is pleased to be able to announce that Ofcom has extended the community radio licence for 103 The Eye for a third term of five years. The station is now licensed to 31st October 2020: http://www.ofcom.org.uk/static/radiolicensing/html/radio-stations/community/cr000012ba2theeye.htm Station director Christine Slomkowska says: “We are delighted to be Read more +

Experimental Music / Audio Art

Posted by Tamar Millen & filed under Arts.

ArzathonArtist/Audio Sculptor/Poet http://arzathon.bandcamp.comhttps://arzathon.wordpress.com/Many more albums by Arzathon (gypsy) Heavy Metal Vampires on Nuclear Waste, Dreamtime Troubadours, Trolls on Acid, available to stream on Spotify Rodent Tapes An original and complex Audio Sculpted Psychedelic project founded during the 80’s Music/soundscapes created by Arzathon, Dreamtime Troubadours, Trolls on Acid, Heavy Metal Vampires Read more +

Radio Verulam wins St Albans Mayor’s Pride Voluntary Sector Award

Posted by Bill Best & filed under Radio Industry.

The Mayor’s Pride Awards honour extraordinary individuals and outstanding organisations in St Albans District. The ceremony provided a fabulous evening of celebration, featuring an array of community heroes and their stories plus special guest speakers and live entertainment. More than 50 nominations were received for this year’s awards and the Read more +

Ninth Delegated Legislation Committee: Draft Community Radio (Amendment) Order 2015 – Tuesday 24th March

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

The Community Radio (Amendment) Order 2015 amends the Community Radio Order 2004 (S.I. 2004/1944) and takes account of the responses to the 2014 DCMS consultation. The CMA welcomes several significant improvements as follows: the provision for holders of a community radio licence to extend their licence twice. the provision to Read more +

Ofcom awards four new community radio licences

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

Ofcom has announced the award of four new community radio licences, in Northampton, St Neots, Cambridgeshire, and two in Milton Keynes. Licences have been awarded to NNBC for a service in Northampton, Black Cat Radio in St Neots, and MKFM and Secklow Sounds in Milton Keynes. Community radio services are Read more +

Community Radio (Amendment) Order 2015, 2:30pm Tuesday 17th March, Consideration in Grand Committee – Lord Gardiner of Kimble

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

The Community Radio (Amendment) Order 2015 amends the Community Radio Order 2004 (S.I. 2004/1944) and takes account of the responses to the 2014 DCMS consultation. The CMA welcomes several significant improvements as follows: the provision for holders of a community radio licence to extend their licence twice. the provision to Read more +

Ofcom announces trials to help small stations join digital radio

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

Ofcom has confirmed plans for trials of a new technology that could provide small radio stations across the UK with an affordable way to broadcast on DAB digital radio. Known as ‘small scale DAB’, the new approach is best suited for broadcasting to small geographic areas, ideal for community and local Read more +

Ofcom awards three new Midlands community radio licences

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

Ofcom has announced the award of three community radio licences in Wolverhampton, Coventry and Rutland. Licences have been awarded for Gulshan Radio in Wolverhampton; Radio PANJ in Coventry; and BFBS Cottesmore and North Luffenham for the Kendrew Barracks in Rutland. Community radio services are provided on a not-for-profit basis and Read more +

BBC signs ‘Memorandum of Understanding’ with the Community Media Association

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

The BBC has signed a new agreement with the Community Media Association to pledge a closer working relationship. The Memorandum of Understanding was signed on behalf of the BBC by David Holdsworth,Controller of BBC English Regions and Dom Chambers, Chair of the Community Media Association. It’s designed to help deliver on the public service objectives Read more +

Community Radio Fund: award of grants for 2014/15 Round 2

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

Ofcom’s Community Radio Fund Panel met on Tuesday 13 January 2015 to consider applications in the second round of grant awards for 2014/15. The Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) confirmed the total of £393,000 for the Community Radio Fund for 2014/15. The amount spent in the first round Read more +

Invitation to Community Radio Networking & Information Day

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

Community radio station 103 The Eye is marking its tenth year of broadcasting by holding a ‘Community Radio Networking & Information Day’ in Melton Mowbray on Saturday, 21 February. The award-winning station, which serves the Vale of Belvoir on the Leicestershire-Nottinghamshire border, was the first to launch when Ofcom originally Read more +

Government relaxes funding rules and extends licences for up to five years in move welcomed by community radio stations

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

Community radio stations across the UK are set to benefit from a package of changes that will help them thrive and continue to provide a valued radio service to their local communities. Current rules mean there are strict financial limits in place on how much income the 217 community radio Read more +

9 Years of Promoting Unity in Southampton’s Communities

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

In January 2015, Southampton’s Unity 101 Community Radio – the heart of the city’s cultural media – celebrated its 9th anniversary with a lavish Anniversary & Awards Evening. The community radio station whose motto is “For the community, To the community, By the community” is the South’s leading Asian & ethnic Read more +

Fourteen community radio licence applications received for the East of England region

Posted by Bill Best & filed under Resources.

Fourteen community radio licence applications have been received to date* for the East of England region (with Northamptonshire and Milton Keynes).   * NB The deadline for applications from Southend on Sea, Castle Point and Thurrock is 5 pm on Tuesday 3 February 2015. Black Cat Radio (St Neots, Cambridgeshire) Website: www.blackcatradio.co.uk Read more +

Call for Participation! “Radio Archives in European Community Media” International Conference on Open Radio Archives on 4-6 June 2015 in Halle/Saale (Germany)

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

“Radio Archives in European Community Media” International Conference on Open Radio Archives on 4-6 June 2015 in Halle/Saale (Germany) CAPTCHA (Creative Approaches to Living Cultural Archives) want to encourage people involved in community media to present current broadcast and multimedia archiving practices at their stations and to generate ideas for an Read more +

Community radio and transnational encounters

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

Community radio and transnational encounters       A note by Peter Lewis & Caroline Mitchell, December 2014 The HERA-funded, three-year Transnational Radio Encounters (TRE) project (https://transnationalradio.org/) has now entered its second year. TRE’s seven partners, from the UK, Denmark, Germany and the Netherlands, have been looking at the way radio has been Read more +