Radio regulator Ofcom is continuing Region 5 of its third round of community radio licensing by awarding four more licences in the Yorkshire region. Licences have been handed to two stations in West Yorkshire, and two in East Yorkshire.
The following stations have been given five-year full-time licences:
- AKASH Radio, Leeds: a community radio service for Punjabi-speaking communities in Leeds.
- Bradford Asian Radio: serving the Asian population of Bradford, broadcasting a speech-dominated service in Urdu, Panjabi, Mirpuri, Bengali, Hindi and English.
- Beverley FM, East Yorkshire: a service for the residents, businesses, educational establishments, local groups and industries in Beverley and the surrounging areas.
- Hull Kingston Radio, East Hull: a community radio service for the people of East Hull.
Ofcom declined to award licences to: Fantastic Radio (Pudsey, Leeds); Radio Azaan (Leeds); Radio Make a Change (Bradford); Hull Community Radio; and South Humberside Community Radio (Winterton, Lincs).
Thirty-eight applications were received in Region 5, covering the North West of England and most of Yorkshire. Once all licences have been processed, Ofcom’s attention will then turn to the West and East Midlands, for which applications are currently being invited.
Congratulations to the four successful applicants – the CMA wishes all four the very best of luck getting on the air.