Radio regulator Ofcom has completed the latest region in its third round of community radio licensing.
Five licences were awarded in five towns and cities in Northern Ireland, with five stations not awarded a licence this time round.
The awards were made to the following organisations:
- Belfast FM, providing a service for over-55s in the city of Belfast;
- Raidió G, serving the Irish language community, and those with an interest in Irish language and culture within the broader English-speaking community, in the Greater Maghera Area in south County Derry;
- Bridge FM, a community radio service for the people of Portadown;
- Chaine FM, a community radio service for the population of the Borough Council area of Larne;
- fUSe FM, reflecting the traditions, language and culture of Ulster Scots in Ballymoney and surrounding areas.
The licences last for a period of five years and commence when each station launches its full-time FM service.
Five stations were, however, not awarded licences this time round. They were: Destination Newry; Bounce FM in Banbridge; Lagan FM and The Super Station, both in Belfast; and Strule FM in Omagh.
The next round of licensing is expected in the North East, Cumbria and North Yorkshire, where thirteen groups have applied for licences. Ofcom’s attention will then turn to the North West and the remainder of Yorkshire, where an invitation for applications is expected imminently.
Congratulations to all stations awarded licences, and the very best of luck for your forthcoming launches.