New community radio stations in Cumbria and Northumberland

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Two new community radio stations will be coming to the air soon in the North of England, after Ofcom handed out the latest batch of radio licences.

The two stations are:

Cando FM is associated with Furness College and will provide a service targeting 16-40 year olds in the Barrow area; while Koast Radio has been operating as an online station since 2010 and is planning to provide a community radio service for Ashington and surrounding villages.

Vicky Oakley, Station Director at Koast Radio, paid tribute to the hard work of volunteers: “We have helped a raft of people and have great support from local organisations. Our programming is wide ranging and varied, we are all volunteers. We have a passion for our area, and the people in it. We want to make our area the best it can be.

“As the founder member of Koast Radio, I cannot tell you how proud I am of the team’s achievement and also grateful and humbled by the support we have received.”

Each station now has two years to start providing a full-time radio service.

Two stations in the Bedlington area of Northumberland were not awarded a licence this time round. These are Radio Northumberland, and Synergy Radio.

The CMA wishes the very best of luck to the two successful groups in getting their full-time services on the air.

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