Posts Categorized: Policy

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 +

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 +

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 +

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 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 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 +

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 +

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 +

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 +

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 +

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 +

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

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

BBC MoU

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 +

Ofcom consults on new short-term licences for small-scale digital radio trials

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

Ofcom has published a consultation seeking views on the approach to issuing new short-term licences to support small-scale digital radio trials being run next year. This consultation focuses on the conditions and award processes for trial Wireless Telegraphy Act licences needed to test small-scale DAB multiplexes in three locations. If Read more +

Ofcom awards new community radio licences in Huddersfield and Pocklington

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

Ofcom has announced the award of new community radio licences in Huddersfield and Pocklington. Licences have been awarded to Radio Sangam, for a service in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, and to West Wolds Radio, for a service in Pocklington, East Yorkshire. Radio Sangam (Communities Together) Contact name: Qaisar Mahmood Website: www.radiosangam.co.uk Read more +

DCMS Consultation on the future of community radio

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

DCMS has published its consultation on community radio.  The deadline for responses is 23rd April 2014. Below is the link to the consultation document: https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/community-radio-consultation We urge you all to respond to this consultation, whether as a licensed station or other interested party, and where possible to copy your response Read more +

DCMS Consultation – Media Ownership & Plurality

Posted by Bill Best & filed under Campaigns, Policy.

Media plurality is about the information that people consume on a daily basis, which informs their views and perspective on the world. ‘Media plurality’ means having a diversity of viewpoints available and consumed across the media. In line with Lord Justice Leveson’s recommendations, the Department for Culture, Media and Sport Read more +

Ofcom rule change on political and election broadcasts

Posted by Andy King & filed under Policy.

Ofcom has today published updated rules on party political and referendum broadcasts, which now set a minimum obligation on the new generation of Local TV services to carry Party Elections Broadcasts for local elections. In addition, Ofcom has published Guidance to help broadcasters comply with the Broadcasting Code when covering Read more +

DCMS launch Communications Review site

Posted by Andy King & filed under Policy.

The Department for Culture, Media and Sport are inviting professionals from the communications and creative industries, TV and radio, publishers and other digital industries to comment on the discussion papers that will inform the five upcoming communications review seminars announced earlier this month. Drafts of the discussion papers, along with Read more +

AMARC-Europe declaration on community radio

Posted by Andy King & filed under Policy.

The following is a declaration from an AMARC-Europe meeting, held in Brussels on 8th and 9th May 2012. Community Media Association director Jaqui Devereux was in attendance, along with representatives of the community media bodies in a number of other European countries. Proposals of the Community Radio Sector to Members Read more +

Northern Ireland licences up for applications – Ofcom

Posted by Andy King & filed under Licensing, Policy.

Ofcom is now inviting applications for community radio licences in Northern Ireland. Most of the province has frequencies available, with the exception of Derry/Londonderry (defined as the Derry City Council area), where Drive 105 occupies the sole available frequency for community radio. However, there are currently restrictions in place prohibiting Read more +

Policy & Campaigns

Posted by Bill Best & filed under Campaigns, Policy.

The Community Media Association actively campaigns to ensure a better deal for Community Media.  We do this by making sure that Government, Ofcom and other key stakeholders are aware of the Community Media sector’s perspective on key policy issues. In this section you can find out more about our achievements, Read more +