Radio regulator Ofcom has awarded the first six community radio licences of 2013. The stations, all in Scotland, take the total number of licences awarded in the country in the current Third Round of licensing to 12.
One station, Nevis Radio, is currently on air with a commercial radio licence. Keith Community Radio currently broadcasts an evening opt-out service on Highlands commercial station MFR, while the other four are completely new full-time broadcasters.
The regulator declined to award a licence to Generate Radio, in Berwickshire.
The awards are to:
- K-Town FM, Kinglassie and surrounding area, Fife
- KYFM, Kirkcaldy, Fife
- Nevis Radio, Fort William and surrounding area, Scottish Highlands
- Irvine Beat FM, parts of Irvine, North Ayrshire
- Keith Community Radio, Moray
- Deveron FM, Banff and Macduff, Aberdeenshire
Details of these new community radio services are as follows:
K-Town FM will provide a community radio service catering for the people of the former mining communities of Kinglassie and surrounding towns and villages.
KYFM will serve the town of Kirkcaldy and surrounding areas in Fife.
This community radio service will provide an all-inclusive service to people living in or visiting Lochaber in the Scottish Highlands. As a result of being awarded this new licence, Nevis Radio will be required to surrender its existing commercial radio licence.
Irvine Beat FM
Irvine Beat FM will serve people in the Fullarton, Harbourside, Redburn, Vineburgh and Castlepark areas of Irvine. The station output will have a particular emphasis placed on the improving the health and general well-being of the residents.
Keith Community Radio
Keith Community Radio will provide a service for people who live in Moray.
Deveron FM will broadcast a community radio service for the population of Banff, Macduff and surrounding areas.
Congratulations to all successful groups, and the very best of luck from all of us here at the CMA.