Ofcom has today invited applications for licences to operate community radio stations in the North East of England, Cumbria and North Yorkshire (Region 4) as part of its third round of community radio licensing.
This area encompasses the whole of Tyne and Wear, Teesside, Northumberland, as well as Cumbria and the county of North Yorkshire, along with the city of York.
However, Ofcom have confirmed that the following areas within the region currently have no FM frequencies available, and prospective licensees within these areas will need to apply for an AM licence: Tyne and Wear, Stockton-on-Tees, Middlesbrough, Hartlepool and Durham.
In addition, there are a number of areas where any licence applicant will be unable to take paid on-air sponsorship and advertising due to the presence of a small local commercial station. These stations are:
- CFM (West Cumbria)
- Lakeland Radio (Kendal & Windermere)
- Star Radio (Darlington)
- Star Radio (Northallerton)
- Yorkshire Coast Radio (Scarborough)
The closing date for applications is 5pm on 29 January 2013. The next area where licences are to be advertised will be the North West of England, along with parts of South and West Yorkshire and Humberside, in the first half of 2013.
You can view the full advertisement on the Ofcom website.