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 +
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The article below, written by Janey Gordon of the University of Bedfordshire, was published in AirFlash magazine some years ago. The methodology uses a very simple and hopefully encouraging process. This survey method has been used by students at the University of Bedfordshire for a number of years. In terms Read more +
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 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 +
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 +
YouTube provides a strong platform for viewers where stakeholders can get an insight of your organisation’s brand and activities. It is a high profile platform that can drive community media channels forward and generate exposure to wider audiences. Keep your videos short when you first start out as today’s viewers Read more +
In Community Media having a Facebook organisation page will take you a long way, in terms of improving the reputation of your organisation. We have compiled a list of 12 tips that will make you consider or apply knowledge for Facebook in order to reach out to the wider community. Read more +
Twitter is a useful tool for community media projects as the platform allows you to reach out to a wide network of stakeholders and is very useful for promoting opportunities. Here at the Community Media Association we have identified 12 tips that will hopefully help you utilise Twitter more effectively Read more +
SEO is a vital part of having your community page recognised, and providing easy access to stakeholders. At the Community Media Association, we have come up with 12 important tips that will be very beneficial to implementing SEO on your page, making SEO work for you effectively. When creating a Read more +
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 +
The REACH radio player launched in December last year by the Community Media Association in partnership with Exaget Ltd to serve the community radio sector with its very own mobile radio player, helping listeners to stay tuned in to their favourite community radio station wherever they are. Listeners are also Read more +
BBC World Service broadcasts in 27 languages. The programmes are produced for BBC overseas audiences: http://www.bbc.co.uk/worldservice/languages/index.shtml But now, for the first time and thanks to the cooperation with the CMA, there is an unique opportunity for community radio stations to get high quality programmes in Arabic, Swahili, French for Africa, Read more +
Radio regulator Ofcom has completed the latest region in its third round of community radio licensing. Five licences were awarded in five towns and cities in Northern Ireland, with five stations not awarded a licence this time round. The awards were made to the following organisations: Belfast FM, providing a Read more +
BECTU’s Young Members and the CMA invite you to an evening of networking and socialising. See the flyer below for more details. (Click on it to enlarge the text.) If you haven’t yet booked your CMA Conference ticket, they are going fast! Make sure you click here to secure your Read more +
Radio regulator Ofcom has confirmed that a special round of community radio licensing will take place later this year, bringing community broadcasting to the islands of Guernsey, Alderney and Sark for the first time. The move follows legislation passed in the Bailiwick allowing community radio to be licensed there. Guernsey Read more +
BBC Audio & Music is seeking to develop its relationship with communities across the UK by developing partnerships with community radio stations. The department is offering a limited number of two-week work placements to gain new contacts, stories and experiences. The BBC would also see this as developmental for the Read more +
As a CMA member, as well as supporting our strategic work, you will have access to a range of advice, support, information and consultancy. There are also a number of member benefits available from our partner suppliers. Canstream Internet Radio & Video services – £100 discount The CMA’s flagship Canstream Read more +
Adult Learners’ Week, a national celebration, coordinated by NIACE will take place from 18 – 24 May 2013. The Week recognises the benefits of lifelong learning and the achievements of outstanding individuals and innovative learning projects across England through Awards and events. The Awards are designed to celebrate inspirational individuals Read more +
Ofcom has awarded the second set of licences to run local TV services in three areas of the UK. The new licences are for digital terrestrial TV (DTT) channels in Bristol, Cardiff and Norwich. The awards follow new legislation enabling Ofcom to issue local TV licences. The channels will broadcast Read more +
CMA Director, Jaqui Devereux, appeared on BBC Radio 4′s The World at One on 13 August, to talk about the upcoming licensing of local television with presenter Martha Kearney. You can listen to the sound clip in full here:
The notes from the DCMS Community Radio Workshops have now been published. Topics covered at the meetings, held in Manchester, London and Glasgow, included reforms to the restrictions on advertising on community radio stations. In particular the removal of the total ban on advertising and sponsorship on stations in an Read more +
Bridging the growing generation gap across Europe is the theme of this year’s round of a pan-European citizen journalism contest. Organisers of the International Citizen Media Award say the rise in the number of older people across the continent is one of the biggest issues facing Europe as we head Read more +
Radio regulator Ofcom has announced the award of eleven new community radio licences in the South West and Wales region, as part of the third round of licensing. Community radio services are provided on a not-for-profit basis focusing on the delivery of specific social benefits to a particular geographical community Read more +
With upcoming elections (local and mayoral) Ofcom would like to remind all stations and licence holders where to find information about the Broadcasting Code rules which apply during election and referendum periods. During election periods special impartiality rules apply and they are set out in Section Six of the Code: Read more +
Among its activities to mark World Radio Day 2012, UNESCO has launched a new good practice handbook with case studies of community media from around the world.
A US Government report has concluded that LPFM radio stations do not have a negative economic impact on commercial FM radio stations and nor are they expected to do so in the future.
Ofcom has published new guidance for radio broadcasters on the use of offensive language:
A new one-stop knowledge resource for the third sector has been launched to bring together evidence on subjects that include policy, social and economic impact and funding and will help inform the work of researchers, policymakers, academics, frontline service providers and other VCS stakeholders across the country.
The Fiery Spirits Community of Practice has launched a new handbook packed with inspiring stories about how communities are preparing for and coping through difficult times.
Ofcom’s new Broadcasting Code has come into effect. It sets rules for TV and radio broadcasts, and replaces the previous version.