38 Community Radio Licence Applicants in Ofcom Region 5

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Director of the Community Media Association, Jaqui Devereux, says:

“We are delighted that so many applicants – nearly 40 – have come forward to apply for a community radio licence in Region 5 in the Third Round of community radio licensing. This is a phenomenal response given that this region is not even the biggest in terms of area. That so many applications have been made shows the strength of interest in the community broadcasting sector ten years on from the Communications Act 2003 that made it all possible.

“The Community Media Association (CMA) wishes all applicants the best of luck in getting a licence. Unfortunately this licensing round is significantly oversubscribed in terms of the frequencies available and Ofcom will face a difficult task assessing so many high-quality applications.

“The closure of this licensing round coincides with the current consultation undertaken by the Department of Culture Media & Sport on media ownership and plurality. A thriving community media sector, and in this particular case community radio, makes its contribution to a well-functioning and democratic society through the creation of a tier of informed media-literate citizens who are able to access, consume and create a diverse range of viewpoints across a variety of media platforms. Community media also provides a balance to mainstream – especially commercial – media by preventing too much influence over the political process exercised by any one media owner.

“The CMA is here to assist the community broadcasting sector with all aspects of planning, funding and running a community media project. We would like to advise all candidate community radio licensees in the remaining two regions, 6 and 7, that we would be more than happy to talk to them about and help them with their future plans”.



1. The candidate stations for Region 5 west and south Yorkshire, Humberside and north west England are as follows:

AKASH Radio Leeds (Leeds, West Yorkshire)
Contact:        Gurmail Sahota

Beverley FM (Beverley, East Riding of Yorkshire)
Contact:        David Fewster
Website:        http://www.beverleyfm.com

Beyond Radio (Lancaster and Morecambe, Lancashire)
Contact:        Duncan Moore
Website:        http://www.beyondradio.co.uk

Blackburn Youth Radio (Blackburn, Lancashire)
Contact:        Brendan Ferguson

Bradford Asian Radio (Bradford, West Yorkshire)
Contact:        Syed Hassan
Website:        http://www.pakistanfm.co.uk

Bury Community Radio (BCR) (Bury, Greater Manchester)
Contact:        Anwarul Haq
Website:        http://www.project29.org.uk

Fantastic Radio (Pudsey, West Yorkshire)
Contact:        Michael Tiller

FM Manchester Asia (Manchester, Greater Manchester)
Contact:        Shahid Hafeez

Fuzion FM (Fir Vale, Sheffield, South Yorkshire)
Contact:        Gulnaz Hussain

Harmony FM (Huddersfield, West Yorkshire)
Contact:        Mumtaz Ali
Website:        http://www.hpca.org.uk

Heritage Community Radio (Manchester, Greater Manchester)
Contact:        Mrs Saima Alvi
Website:        http://www.bmhc.org.uk

Hit Music Radio (Sheffield, South Yorkshire)
Contact:        Wayne Cubitt
Website:        http://www.hitmusicradio.co.uk

Hull Community Radio (HCR) (East Hull, East Riding of Yorkshire)
Contact:        Gary Haley
Website:        http://www.hullcommunityradio.org

Hull Kingston Radio (HKRFM) (Hull, East Riding of Yorkshire)
Contact:        Malcolm Scott

ILM COMMUNITY RADIO (ICR) (Sheffield, South Yorkshire)
Contact:        Fayyaz Hussain Syed
Website:        http://www.ilmnews.com

IMAN Radio (Sheffield, South Yorkshire)
Contact:        Raja Muhammad Anwar Khan
Website:        http://www.imanonline.org

Madina Live FM! (Dewsbury and Batley, West Yorkshire)
Contact:        Ilyas Bulbulia

Mighty FM (Southport, Merseyside)
Contact:        Trevor Ford
Website:        http://www.mightyfm.co.uk

Monster Radio (Preston, Lancashire)
Contact:        Darren Ofsarnie

Radio Azaan (Leeds, West Yorkshire)
Contact:        Umran Khan

Radio Barnsley (Barnsley, South Yorkshire)
Contact:        Dave Richardson
Website:        http://www.ymcaradiobarnsley.co.uk

Radio Make a Change (MAC) (Bradford, West Yorkshire)
Contact:        Humair Shahid

Radio Paigham (Huddersfield, West Yorkshire)
Contact:        Bareera Malik
Website:        http://www.radiopaighaam.com

Radio Sangam (Huddersfield, West Yorkshire)
Contact:        Qaisar Mahmood
Website:        http://www.radiosangam.co.uk

Radio Victoria (Blackpool, Lancashire)
Contact:        Sean McGinty
Website:        http://www.radiovictoria.co.uk

Radio Warrington (Warrington, Cheshire)
Contact:        Stephen Rakestraw
Website:        http://www.radiowarrington.co.uk

RedShift Radio (Crewe and Nantwich, Cheshire)
Contact:        Liz Southall
Website:        http://www.redshiftradio.co.uk

Retro Radio (Saddleworth, Lees, and Mossley, Greater Manchester)
Contact:        Liam Forristal
Website:        http://www.retroradio.co.uk

Ribble FM (The Ribble Valley, Lancashire)
Contact:        Roy Martin
Website:        http://www.ribblefm.com

Rossendale FM (Rossendale Valley, Lancashire)
Contact:        Peter Sweetmore
Website:        http://www.rossendalefm.co.uk

Safa Radio (Halifax, West Yorkshire)
Contact:        Safdar Hussain

Sheffield Community Radio (SCR) (Sheffield, South Yorkshire)
Contact:        Brian Thomas

South Humberside Community Radio (Winterton, North Lincolnshire)
Contact:        Martin Bancroft
Website:        http://www.shcr.co.uk

The Cat (Crewe and Nantwich, Cheshire)
Contact:        Mr Chris Radford
Website:        http://www.thisisthecat.com

Trafford Sound (Trafford Borough, Greater Manchester)
Contact:        Pete Brettle
Website:        http://www.traffordcommunitymedia.org

U Radio Kirklees (Dewsbury and Batley, West Yorkshire)
Contact:        Mrs Uzma Owais

Unity FM (Sheffield, South Yorkshire)
Contact:        Muhammad Ali
Website:        http://www.pmcuk.org

West Wolds Radio (Pocklington, East Riding of Yorkshire)
Contact:        Stuart Cocker
Website:        http://www.westwoldsradio.co.uk

Source: http://licensing.ofcom.org.uk/radio-broadcast-licensing/community-radio/apply-for-licence/community-radio-applicants/region-5

2. Applications for community radio licences are invited on a region-by-region basis.  Further details can be found on the Ofcom website.

3. Community radio services are provided on a not-for-profit basis, focusing on the delivery of specific social benefits to a particular geographical community or a community of interest.

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