Even more digital radio stations to take to the airwaves

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

Innovative technology to bring over 500 hyper-local stations to the digital airwaves New services to launch in all four nations of the UK Further licences to be awarded later this year Thousands of listeners right across the UK are set to enjoy a richer and wider range of radio programming Read more +

Wavelength Radio Campaign

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

WaveLength gives radios, televisions, and tablet computers to those in need across the UK. This technology can help to maintain and increase the number of meaningful connections people have in their lives and act as a window to the world. Wavelength supports those who are lonely because of age, poor physical Read more +

CMA launches new ‘CRF Assistance’ service

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

The Community Media Association has launched CRF Assistance, a free service to help up to 15 CMA members apply to Ofcom’s Community Radio Fund (CRF). Drawing on 15 years of experience of being a CRF Panel member, CMA Treasurer Richard Hilton will initially offer at least an hour’s free one-to-one Read more +

Ofcom progresses the next phase of SSDAB licensing

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

More local listeners will be able to tune into new digital radio stations, as Ofcom continues its roll-out of small-scale DAB. Small-scale DAB is an innovative technology that provides a low-cost way for local commercial, community and specialist music services to take to the digital airwaves. Ofcom has: announced five Read more +

Applications open for Community Radio Fund 2021-22 – Round 1

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

Applications have opened for Ofcom-licensed community radio stations to apply for Government funding to help them meet their core costs. The Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport has provided £400,000 in grants for the 2021-22 financial year, and Ofcom is responsible for administering the Fund. In 2020-21, grants were Read more +

Ofcom announces latest small-scale DAB multiplex awards

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

Ofcom has awarded another round of small-scale DAB radio multiplex licences for five more areas in England, Scotland and Wales. Following a competitive process, where each applicant was judged against specific criteria, multiplex licences have been awarded for the following areas: Cardiff: licence awarded to Cardiff DAB Limited Edinburgh: licence awarded Read more +

2021 Mental Health Minute campaign

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

We are delighted to let you know that community, commercial, and BBC radio stations will be uniting once again to broadcast a special and important message in support of mental health awareness – and we would love for your station to support the initiative. Radiocentre has partnered with the Community Read more +

Ofcom awards second wave of small-scale DAB multiplex licences

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

Ofcom has awarded four more small-scale DAB radio multiplex licences in England and Scotland. Small-scale DAB is an innovative technology that provides a low-cost way for local commercial, community and specialist music services to take to the digital airwaves. Following a competitive process, where each applicant was judged against specific Read more +

Ofcom awards first small-scale DAB multiplex licences

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

Ofcom has announced the first-ever awards of small-scale radio multiplex licences. Small-scale DAB is an innovative technology which provides a low-cost route for local commercial, community and specialist music stations to take to the airwaves. Last year, Ofcom set out how they would license small-scale DAB and invited applications for a first round of multiplex licences. Following Read more +

Fifty-three community radio stations to receive emergency funding

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

Ofcom has announced that 53 community radio stations will receive emergency funding through the Community Radio Fund. During the Covid-19 pandemic, community radio stations have provided valuable local news and support to millions of people. However, many have also faced severe financial challenges. In response, the UK Government announced emergency Read more +

DCMS Community Radio Listener Survey

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

The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS), is conducting a review of the radio industry. They are very interested in learning more about who tunes in to community radio stations like yours, and about when and why they listen. We want as many of your listeners as possible Read more +

February 2021 Ofcom meeting

Posted by Bill Best & filed under Resources.

The Community Media Association has a virtual meeting with Ofcom in February. The main agenda items for Ofcom will be progress with SSDAB, analogue licensing issues, Key Commitments, and sector funding. The notes from the last meeting are available in the Chat Forum. Please detail any specific additional issues that Read more +

Ofcom publishes list of applications for small-scale DAB multiplexes

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

Ofcom has published a full list of applications received in the first round of small-scale DAB multiplex licensing. Small-scale DAB is an innovative technology which will provide a low-cost route for local commercial, community and specialist music stations to take to the digital airwaves. A total of 45 applications were Read more +

Applications reopen to community radio stations for emergency funding

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

Community radio stations are being given a third chance to apply for emergency funding to help them through the Covid-19 crisis. Community radio stations have provided a reassuring voice to millions of people during the ongoing public health crisis, but many have faced severe financial difficulties. In response, the UK Read more +

2020/21 Evidencing Community Radio Needs on FM Survey

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

The Community Media Association is conducting a survey to gauge the potential interest of community media projects that aspire to obtain a full-time 5-year community radio licence on FM. This survey will close in early January 2021. The first round of licensing for small-scale digital audio broadcasting closed in November 2020 and the invitation Read more +

45 Applications for Small Scale DAB Multiplexes Received

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

Ofcom has received 45 applications for multiplex licences for the 25 areas in Round 1 of the Small Scale DAB licensing process. All licensed areas have received at least one application with Leeds being the most contested area with five applications and Bradford the next with four multiplex licence applications. Read more +

Free passes for the Radio Festival up for grabs for CMA members!

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

We are delighted to announce that the Community Media Association has a number of free passes for the 2020 Radio Festival to give away to our members! The Radio Academy Festival 2020 will explore ‘The New Normal’ for radio and audio in the UK. It will celebrate the extraordinary way Read more +

Short-term restricted service licences – application window opens for 2021 period of high demand

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

Ofcom has opened an application window for short-term restricted service licence applicants hoping to broadcast between 9 April and 14 May 2021 inclusive – an anticipated period of high-demand that also includes Ramadan. Short-term radio licences are granted for analogue services broadcasting to defined locations, or for coverage of events such as music Read more +

Applications open for small-scale DAB multiplex licences

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

Ofcom is now advertising the first 25 small-scale DAB radio multiplex licences – offering a low-cost route for local commercial, community and specialist music stations to take to the digital airwaves. Small-scale DAB is an innovative technology that will expand local digital radio coverage and ensure listeners will be able Read more +

Thirty-one community radio stations to receive emergency funding

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

Ofcom has announced that 31 community radio stations will receive emergency funding through the Community Radio Fund. During the Covid-19 pandemic, community radio stations have provided valuable local news and support to millions of people. However, many have also faced severe financial challenges. In response, the UK government announced emergency Read more +

Temporary RSLs can continue beyond 5th September

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

Temporary radio stations providing news and information about the coronavirus pandemic have the option to continue to broadcast beyond 5 September, in areas which are subject to additional lockdown restrictions. Ofcom introduced the new temporary Covid-19 “short-term restricted service licence” (SRSL) at the start of lockdown in March. Licences were Read more +

Community Radio Fund Survey

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

The Community Media Association is surveying community radio stations that have previously received a grant from the Community Radio Fund with a view to providing positive evidence to support an increase in funding for the sector. Survey data may be shared with the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport. Read more +

Key Commitments Survey

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

The Community Media Association is surveying the sector on the delivery of stations’ key commitments during the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis. We are collating responses to be presented to Ofcom in August and all replies will be anonymised for confidentiality. https://chat.commedia.org.uk/t/key-commitments-survey/1788

Ofcom awards three new community radio licences in Northampton

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

Ofcom has announced the award of three new community radio licences in Northampton. The three new community radio licences have been awarded to: Inspiration FM (Inspiration Radio Ltd), Northampton Website: www.inspirationfm.co.uk Inspiration FM will serve underrepresented ethnic minority communities in Northampton with the specific aim of promoting social inclusion. The service Read more +

DEC Coronavirus Appeal

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

As lockdown measures gradually lift here in the UK, elsewhere families who have fled violence, conflict, and hunger in the world’s most fragile places need our help. Many are now living in crowded refugee and displacement camps with little access to medical care, clean water or enough food, making them Read more +

Tell Rishi Sunak: Rebuild With Community Radio

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

Ahead of an expected summer statement from the Chancellor, Rishi Sunak, on Wednesday 8th July to boost the British economy emerging from lockdown, the Community Media Association is asking its supporters to call on HM Treasury for a Community Radio Stimulus Package consisting of the following five requests: a) A second round of funding Read more +