Ofcom Awards Seven New Community Radio Licences

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Ofcom has announced the award of seven new community radio licences to:

Betar Bangla (Stratford, east London)

Betar Bangla will provide a radio service for the Bengali community of
Tower Hamlets and the east end of London. The station is committed to
providing people of British-Bengali heritage in east London
opportunities to engage with the station through training and
broadcasting. Betar Bangla will offer a platform for output in Bengali
and Sylheti.

Generation Radio (Clapham Park, south west London)
Generation Radio
aims to bring together the diverse community that
makes up the Clapham Park area by helping to inform, promote and
highlight local initiatives. The station will offer a local radio
service to residents and opportunities to volunteer with the service.

Training opportunities will include broadcasting training, as well as
accredited courses and workshops.

Greenwich Kasapah (Greenwich, south east London)
Greenwich Kasapah
will be an innovative and primarily speech-based
community radio service targeting the African communities in and
around Greenwich. The service will promote dialogue, local
participation and community cohesion. The station will offer training
in media and ICT as well as outreach to schools, youth groups and
community organisations to encourage development of media and
communications skills.

Reprezent FM Community Radio (south London)
Reprezent FM will broadcast to 13-25 year olds in south London. The
station intends to use its service as a means of empowering local
young people to play an active role in their community, increase
cohesion, challenge negative perceptions and raise aspirations. The
station will be youth-led, both in its programming content and in
delivery of non-broadcast activities.

Rinse FM (inner London)
Rinse FM will serve the diverse needs of young Londoners and those
passionate about youth-orientated music cultures. The station will
showcase UK urban and dance music and will interact with and influence
these music scenes. The station will promote education and training,
broadcast and other media opportunities in inner London (central,
south and east).

Streetlife Radio (Waltham Forest, north east London)

Streetlife Radio will serve the Waltham Forest community and celebrate
the diversity of the borough by representing all ages, ethnicities and
backgrounds through its service. The station aims to provide an
inclusive platform for local people and act as a forum to strengthen
community bonds and encourage social cohesion. The service hopes to
inspire a generation of young people and motivate the community by
creating accessible opportunities for learning and training.

Susy Radio (Redhill and Reigate, Surrey)
Susy Radio aims to promote local community access and involvement in
the radio station and its activities. The station will provide access
to its training facilities, and encourage social cohesion in the
Redhill and Reigate areas.

Licences are awarded for a five-year period.

A statement setting out the main determining factors for the award of
the community radio licences referred to above will be published in
the radio licensing section of Ofcom’s July Communications Monthly
Update.

Further details of these seven groups are available at:

http://www.ofcom.org.uk/media/news/2010/06/nr_201006171

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