If you’re inspired to start your own community radio station in your area, it can seem like a daunting prospect. The CMA is here to assist organisations of all sizes across the UK in providing community media services. We’ve brought together resources and information to help you take those first steps towards your new station.


Frequency availability

If you’re applying for a community radio licence in Ofcom’s third round over the next few years, there are a number of issues you need to be aware of around FM frequency availability.   Because of the success of the first two rounds of licensing, Ofcom has made it clear Read more +


Ofcom Broadcasting Code and Elections

With the forthcoming General Election Ofcom has reminded 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: http://stakeholders.ofcom.org.uk/broadcasting/broadcast-codes/broadcast-code/elections/ The relevant Guidance Read more +


Audience surveys

Surveys are powerful ways of gaining great insight into your audience. Well-managed surveys can help you discover who your listeners are, how they behave (to some extent), and, most importantly, what they think and why they do the things they do. In the digital space, there are a number of Read more +

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Community radio: volunteer input

Guidelines for community radio stations that wish to use volunteer time as part of station turnover. This document sets out guidelines covering volunteer inputs used by the community radio sector. These guidelines set specific financial values on volunteer inputs provided to community radio stations. Volunteer Input Document


Community Radio Licensing

Inspired to start up and give your local community a voice? The world of licensing can sometimes seem a little daunting. Here’s a quick guide on how to get yourself started. Starting out One of the best ways to prove the case for your station, and get an organisation up Read more +


PRS For Music & PPL

Running a community radio station? Thinking of launching? Make sure that you’re covered – read our convenient guide to music licensing from the PRS and PPL. A bit of history By law, under the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988, if you play (perform) copyright music in public (i.e. outside Read more +

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Station Equipment and Software

Setting up a community radio station, whether it’s online, full-time or RSL, can be a daunting prospect. Everything from mixers to microphones, transmitters to tele-balance units need to be procured… And it’s easy to become overwhelmed with the sheer number of options available. This page features a sample list of Read more +