Thirteen groups have applied for community radio licences to serve areas in the North East of England, along with Cumbria and North Yorkshire, it has been confirmed.
Radio regulator Ofcom has published a list of the applicants on its website. They include stations in areas formerly served by ceased commercial radio stations, in Barrow-in-Furness and the Yorkshire Dales. Existing licensee Indigo FM is bidding to extend its coverage from Kirkby Lonsdale to the wider South Lakes area.
The applicants are as follows:
- Blue Jay FM / Indigo FM, Kendal
- CandoFM, Barrow in Furness
- Dales Radio, Yorkshire Dales
- Derwent FM, Malton (North Yorkshire)
- Eden FM, Penrith
- Koast Radio, Ashington (Northumberland)
- Palace FM, Redcar
- Radio Northumberland, Bedlington
- Radio Scarborough
- Radio Selby
- Radio Skipton
- Synergy Radio, South-East Northumberland
- Zetland FM, Redcar
The full applications will be made public by Ofcom in the coming weeks, and licences are expected to be awarded once the current round of Scottish and Northern Ireland applications have been processed.