Ofcom announces the award of four new community radio licences in England, Scotland, and Wales.
The new stations will serve communities in Shaftesbury, Dorset in England; Shotts in Lanarkshire, Scotland; Merthyr Tydfil in South Wales; and Towyn, Conwy, in North Wales.
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 290 community radio stations are currently on air.
The four new community radio licences have been awarded to:
Alfred (Alfred Radio Limited), Shaftesbury
Alfred will be run by volunteers and is aimed at older listeners. It will provide a service for the community of Shaftesbury and he surrounding rural area.
Listen Lanarkshire (Getting Better Together Limited), Shotts in Lanarkshire
Listen Lanarkshire will work with local partners including schools, youth groups and sports clubs. It will serve the ex-mining communities of Shotts and surrounding villages.
Merthyr Radio (The 3Gs Development Trust), Merthyr Tydfil County Borough
Merthyr Radio will focus on life in the Merthyr area and will work with local businesses. It will provide an inclusive local radio service for people in the Merthyr Tydfil County Borough area.
Sound Radio (Sound Radio Limited), Towyn, Kimmel Bay, Abergele and Rhyl
Sound Radio will run a locally-focussed service which will include some Welsh language programmes. It is for the communities of Kinmel Bay & Towyn, Abergele, Rhyl and surrounding towns and villages in the Vale of Clwyd.
The licences are awarded for a five-year period. A statement setting out the main determining factors for the award of the licences above can be found on the Ofcom website.