Radio regulator Ofcom has announced the award of two community radio licences as part of the third round of licensing in North Yorkshire and Cumbria.
Licences have been handed out to Dales Radio, which is planning a large-scale service covering most of the Yorkshire Dales region; and Eden FM, a community radio service for the town of Penrith in Cumbria.
Dales Radio is headed up by a number of former management and staff from Fresh Radio, a commercial station in the Yorkshire Dales which closed in 2012. They are planning to offer a service on both FM and AM.
On Facebook, Eden FM congratulated members and volunteers: “It’s a big well done and big, big thank you to a lot of people and a great team.”
Additionally, Ofcom has declined to offer a licence to three groups in the region. These are Radio Selby, Derwent FM and Radio Skipton.
The CMA would like to congratulate both successful groups and wish them the very best of luck in getting their new services up and running.