Ofcom has announced the award of four new community radio licences in England and Northern Ireland.
The new stations will serve communities in Coleraine and Larne in Northern Ireland, and York in North Yorkshire.
Community radio services are provided on a not-for-profit basis, focusing on the delivery of specific social benefits to a particular area or community of interest.
More than 250 community radio stations are currently on air today.
The four new community radio licences have been awarded to:
Coast FM (North West Student & Youth Community Radio Limited)
Coast FM will broadcast to people in Coleraine, Northern Ireland.
Coast Radio (CoastView Media Limited)
Coast Radio will be a radio station for the people of Larne in Northern Ireland.
Jorvik FM (Jorvik Radio Limited)
YO1 Radio (YO1 Radio Limited)
Jorvik FM and YO1 Radio will broadcast to communities in York.
Coast FM is for and will be run by students and young people. As well as engaging young people through local radio, they will provide work experience and training opportunities for those interested in broadcast media.
Listeners in York will be spoiled for choice with both stations broadcasting on FM across the city. Jorvik FM station managing director Steve Twynham said the station will “reflect the progressive, exciting and diverse cultural community it will support” adding “York is a fantastic city, and we aim to be an image of the great work and play taking place here – informing residents on opportunities, to enable the city to thrive and support its development.”
YO1 Radio co-founder Chris Marsden said on receiving news of their FM Licence, “This is fantastic news and a testament to the hard work everyone at the station has put in since we went live. We’ve brought together a hugely talented team of presenters and this announcement means that many more of the York community will be able to hear them.”
The licences are awarded for a five-year period. There is a statement setting out the main determining factors for the award of the licences above.