Community radio licence awarded to Zetland FM

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Radio regulator Ofcom has today announced the award of a community radio licence – the first to be awarded in the Northeast England, Cumbria and North Yorkshire region for the third round of licensing.

Zetland FM, which will broadcast in the Redcar area of Cleveland, is the only licence award to be announced today.

Chairman Jeremy Gartland said “This licence award is the culmination of a huge amount of hard work from the entire Zetland FM team, and would not have been possible without the incredible support we have received from local people, organisations and businesses.”

“We have lots of very exciting plans for Zetland FM, and look forward to bringing a brand new truly local community radio service to listeners in Redcar and Cleveland.”

The licence will run for five years from Zetland FM’s launch date.

Ofcom has also turned down applications from Radio Scarborough and rival Redcar applicant Palace FM. Ten other groups have also applied for licences in the region – decisions on these are still to be announced by the regulator.

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