Ofcom has announced the award of four new community radio licences, in Northampton, St Neots, Cambridgeshire, and two in Milton Keynes.
Licences have been awarded to NNBC for a service in Northampton, Black Cat Radio in St Neots, and MKFM and Secklow Sounds in Milton Keynes.
Community radio services are provided on a not-for-profit basis and focus on delivering specific social benefits to a local area or a community of interest. Over 220 community radio stations are broadcasting in the UK.
The successful applicants are:
NNBC (NNBC Ltd)
Contact name: Terry Doyle
NNBC will provide a community radio service for the general population of Northampton.
Black Cat Radio (Black Cat Radio Ltd)
Contact: Tony Gillham
Black Cat Radio will offer a music-led community radio service for St Neots, Cambridgeshire, and the immediately surrounding area.
MKFM (MKFM Limited)
Contact: Chris Gregg
MKFM will serve the population of Milton Keynes and focus on providing local content specific to Milton Keynes.
Secklow Sounds (Secklow Sounds C.I.C.)
Contact: Mike Johnson
Secklow Sounds will also broadcast to Milton Keynes. This service will cater specifically to the interests of local people who are disadvantaged, people from diverse backgrounds, the local music and arts scenes and the voluntary sector.
Licences are awarded for a five-year period.