Two new community radio stations coming to Sheffield

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Two new community radio licences have today been awarded by radio regulator Ofcom, both covering the Sheffield area.

Unity FM will broadcast from the city’s Pakistan Muslim Centre, and provide a community radio service for Pakistani and Muslim communities within the broadcast area in Sheffield. The group has undertaken a number of RSLs in the local area.

IMAN Radio is operated by a group which has broadcast Radio Ramadan services in Sheffield for a number of years, and will provide a community radio service for the diverse Muslim communities in parts of Sheffield and Rotherham.

Six groups applied for licences in the city, and four have not been awarded a licence. They are: Fuzion FM, Hit Music Radio, ILM Radio and Sheffield Community Radio.

Ofcom has published the reasons behind the two awards on its website.

Congratulations to both successful groups – we wish both the very best of luck in getting on-air.

2 Responses to “Two new community radio stations coming to Sheffield”

  1. John Grierson

    I’d be really interested to know what form of competition leads to Sheffield being awarded two Muslim stations at the same time. Don’t get me wrong – I’d be asking the same question if the awards had been to two Catholic stations or two sports stations or two similar stations of any kind. How does Ofcom make its decisions in the case of Community stations when there is clear competition for the slots?

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