Ofcom awards two new community radio licences

Posted by Bill Best & filed under Licensing, Policy, Radio Industry.

Ofcom has announced the award of two new community radio licences in England. The new stations will serve communities in Bradford and Hampshire. 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 Read more +

The ‘Mental Health Minute’ campaign

Posted by Bill Best & filed under Resources.

Community radio stations took part in the national ‘Mental Health Minute’ campaign to encourage increased awareness of mental health issues on the morning of Tuesday 15 May. The Community Media Association partnered with Radiocentre to coordinate the national campaign and mobilised the UK network of community radio stations. At 10.59am the community radio Read more +

CMA BBC Working Group – Members / BBC English Regions Survey

Posted by Bill Best & filed under Radio Industry.

The Community Media Association (CMA) has a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with BBC English Regions and strives to improve the working relationship between BBC English Regions and the community radio sector. The CMA would like to know from its members and other community radio stations more about the relationship that Read more +

Ofcom awards eight new community radio licences

Posted by Bill Best & filed under Community News, Licensing, Radio Industry.

Ofcom has announced the award of eight new community radio licences in England and Scotland. The new stations will serve communities in Coventry, Leeds, Reading and Waterlooville in England; and Glasgow and Peterhead in Scotland. Community radio services are provided on a not-for-profit basis, focusing on the delivery of specific Read more +

Transmit, Transform Business Challenge Grant Launches

Posted by Bill Best & filed under Campaigns, Community News, Funding.

The CMA is delighted to announce a new pilot scheme that offers funding opportunities to CMA members to support grassroots community media. More details are here and the deadline to receive your applications is 5pm BST Friday 1st June 2018. Read on for background information about Transmit, Transform and application Read more +

Ofcom awards eight new community radio licences

Posted by Bill Best & filed under Community News, Licensing, Radio Industry.

Ofcom has announced the award of eight new community radio licences in England, Northern Ireland and Scotland. The new stations will serve communities in Bristol, Maldon, and Newcastle and Gateshead, in England; Belfast in Northern Ireland; as well as Cumbernauld, and Musselburgh, Tranent and Wallyford in Scotland. Community radio services Read more +

Extension of 10 small-scale DAB radio trials

Posted by Bill Best & filed under Licensing, Policy, Radio Industry.

Ofcom has proposed to further extend the licences of the 10 trial small-scale DAB multiplexes. The trials, which started in 2015, have proven to be successful. There are currently around 150 community and small commercial radio services broadcasting digitally on the 10 trial multiplexes. By further extending the trials, these radio Read more +

Civil society strategy consultation: have your say

Posted by Bill Best & filed under Campaigns, Community News, Policy.

Have your say on how Government can work with and for civil society to tackle challenges and unlock opportunities to build a stronger society now and in the future. This consultation closes at 9am on 22 May 2018. From supporting the most vulnerable and disadvantaged people in society to the Read more +

“Spaces of Inclusion”

Posted by Bill Best & filed under Community News, Education, Policy.

The Council of Europe publication entitled “Spaces of Inclusion – An explorative study on needs of refugees and migrants in the domain of media communication and on responses by community media” has been prepared by experts of the COMMIT Community Media Institute in Austria. It will be presented by COMMIT Read more +

Kennet Radio Goes Live On 106.7 FM

Posted by Bill Best & filed under Community News, Licensing, Radio Industry.

The wait is finally over. Kennet Community Radio launches on 106.7 MHz across Newbury and Thatcham on 10th March 2018. The Mayors of both Newbury and Thatcham have been invited to jointly launch the station on 10th March. Kennet Radio’s chairman, Julian Swift-Hook said, “It’s fantastic news. After more than five Read more +

Ofcom awards four new community radio licences

Posted by Bill Best & filed under Licensing, Radio Industry.

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 Read more +

New podcast explores UNESCO’s World Radio Day themes

Posted by Bill Best & filed under Community News, Education, Radio Industry.

Dom Chambers, Station Manager at Somer Valley FM and CMA Council member,  has posted a new edition of his Third Sector Show podcast ahead of UNESCO’s World Radio Day.  The 7th annual World Radio Day this year highlights the links between sports and radio and asks how sports journalism might better Read more +

Ofcom awards six community radio licences

Posted by Bill Best & filed under Licensing, Radio Industry.

Ofcom recently announced the award of six new community radio licences in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland, and Wales. The new stations will serve communities in Banbridge in County Down, Northern Ireland; Paisley in Renfrewshire, Scotland; Aberystwyth in Ceredigion, Wales; Burgess Hill in West Sussex; and South Dartmoor and Torbay in Read more +

Small scale DAB licensing consultation

Posted by Bill Best & filed under Licensing, Policy, Radio Industry.

Summary The Government is seeking views on proposals for a licensing regime for small-scale DAB radio multiplexes This consultation closes at 5pm on 28 February 2018. Consultation description The emergence of the software-enabled approach to broadcasting on DAB radio and its developing maturity as a workable and practical technology has the Read more +

Benefits of community media recognised in the New Year Honours

Posted by Bill Best & filed under Community News, Radio Industry, TV.

The importance of community media has been recognised in the New Year Honours. Mary Dowson, of Bradford Community Broadcasting, and Martin Parry, of Swindon Viewpoint were both awarded The British Empire Medal, a division of the MBE, which is granted in recognition of meritorious civil or military service worthy of Read more +

Commercial radio deregulation – government response

Posted by Bill Best & filed under Policy, Radio Industry.

The DCMS response has now been published: https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/commercial-radio-deregulation-consultation. Community Radio Q20. We would welcome views on whether the same arrangements for extending the duration of analogue commercial radio licences (see Q13) in the run up to a future radio switchover should also apply to community radio. Summary of consultation responses Read more +

Ofcom announces the award of seven new community radio licences in England and Scotland

Posted by Bill Best & filed under Licensing, Policy, Radio Industry.

Ofcom has announced the award of seven new community radio licences in England and Scotland. The new stations will serve communities in Blackburn in Lancashire, Caithness in Scotland, Great Driffield in East Riding, Leyland in Lancashire, Liverpool, Southport in Merseyside and Rawtenstall in the Rossendale Valley in East Lancashire. Licences Read more +

Ofcom awards nine new community radio licences

Posted by Bill Best & filed under Licensing, Policy, Radio Industry.

Ofcom has announced the award of nine new community radio licences in England and Wales. The new stations will serve communities in Cannock and Rugeley in Staffordshire, Cinderford in the Forest of Dean, Keynsham, Yeovil, and Minehead in Somerset, Swanage and Dorchester in Dorset, Newquay in Cornwall and the Rhondda Read more +

Community Media Association Annual General Meeting & Networking event, Saturday 2nd December, De Montfort University, Leicester

Posted by Bill Best & filed under Community News, Events.

The Community Media Association Annual General Meeting and Networking event will be held on Saturday 2nd December at Mill Studios, Mill Lane, Leicester LE2 7HU. Mill Studios is Number 24 on the PDF map here. Car parking is available at the Newarke Street Car Park, Newarke Street, Leicester LE1 5SN. A map from the car park to Read more +

Application process for Short Term Restricted Service Licences (SRSLs) during May and June 2018

Posted by Bill Best & filed under Licensing, Radio Industry.

Ofcom has today outlined the application process for SRSLs to provide a radio service between 12 May and 16 June 2018 (inclusive). Ramadan falls within this period, and Ofcom expects to receive a large number of applications to run radio stations at this time. Due to the high demand for Read more +

Wycombe Sound named 2017 Station of the Year

Posted by Bill Best & filed under Community News, Events, Radio Industry.

Wycombe Sound named 2017 Station of the Year Awards recognise invention on a shoestring from Facebook Live to Her Majesty’s Prison The successes of the UK’s growing not-for-profit radio sector were celebrated on the evening of Saturday 23rd September at the second annual Community Radio Awards as Wycombe Sound was named Read more +

Radio Today to broadcast live from the Community Radio Awards

Posted by Bill Best & filed under Community News, Events, Radio Industry.

The second annual Community Radio Awards takes place this Saturday 23 September in Bristol. The 2016 Station of the Year, Ujima Radio is hosting the Awards evening. The Awards celebrate, champion and promote the amazing work of community radio throughout the UK. This year over 70 stations have entered in Read more +

Grass roots media galvanise to tackle hate speech

Posted by Bill Best & filed under Community News, Events, Policy, Radio Industry, Training, TV.

While debate rages about how to stop hate speech on social media, a movement of volunteers across the UK is tackling the so-called ‘alt media of hate’, in their own backyards – and on a shoestring. Community radio stations and local media projects, run by and for the communities that Read more +

Round 4 licence applicants – currently unserved areas

Posted by Bill Best & filed under Radio Industry.

Invitation of applications Ofcom invited applications for services operating on FM only. No areas were excluded on the basis of frequency availability, but this does not indicate that a suitable frequency will be available in every area. The closing date for receipt of applications was 3pm on Thursday 27 July Read more +

Community Radio Tour 2017

Posted by Bill Best & filed under Education, Radio Industry, Resources.

Dom Chambers has taken an active interest in the UK’s community broadcasting sector since joining the CMA Council in 2011. Each year he tours the country to identify and celebrate how various organisations are delivering grass roots and community media. This not only helps share best practice but his visits Read more +

Ofcom Communications Market Report 2017

Posted by Bill Best & filed under Policy, Radio Industry.

Ofcom has today published its annual Communications Market Report, the most comprehensive study of the UK’s TV, radio, broadband, telecoms and postal industries. Ofcom has also published accompanying reports for Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales. A news release is available. Headline issues for community radio are as follows: Total community radio sector revenue was flat in real terms between 2015 Read more +

36 Community Radio Licence Applicants from currently unserved areas

Posted by Bill Best & filed under Licensing, Radio Industry.

This is a list of applications received by the closing date (3pm on Thursday 27 July). The proposed service area for each station in the list below is taken from the application. Basingstoke Radio (Basingstoke, Hampshire) Website: www.basingstokebroadcastingcompany.co.uk Blackburn Youth Radio (Blackburn, Lancashire) Name: Brendan Ferguson Bounce FM (Banbridge, County Down) Read more +

Community Radio Station Supporters’ Scheme Survey

Posted by Bill Best & filed under Campaigns, Education, Radio Industry.

The Community Media Association is conducting a quick survey into the relative value of different sources of income, other than grants and contracts, for community radio stations. We are particularly interested in supporters’ subscription schemes, ‘friends of’ arrangements and paid memberships. Only Q1 is compulsory and you are free to Read more +

Community Radio Fund: Award of grants 2017-18 Round 1

Posted by Bill Best & filed under Funding, Radio Industry.

Ofcom’s Community Radio Fund Panel (‘the Panel’) met on Tuesday 20 June 2017 to consider applications in the first round of funding for 2017-18. The Panel went through each application and awarded funding based on the information provided and with reference to the Community Radio Fund guidance notes. The Panel Read more +

Ofcom invites applications for community radio licences

Posted by Bill Best & filed under Licensing, Policy, Radio Industry.

Ofcom has today opened invitations for applications for new community radio licences for areas within, or those that overlap with, the coverage area of existing community radio services. These applications will be for services operating on FM only: https://www.ofcom.org.uk/__data/assets/pdf_file/0017/104651/invitation-overlapping-areas.pdf The closing date for applications is Tuesday 24 October 2017 at 3pm.