Posts Tagged: community radio

Thirty-one community radio stations to receive emergency funding

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

Ofcom has announced that 31 community radio stations will receive emergency funding through the Community Radio Fund. During the Covid-19 pandemic, community radio stations have provided valuable local news and support to millions of people. However, many have also faced severe financial challenges. In response, the UK government announced emergency Read more +

Temporary RSLs can continue beyond 5th September

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

Temporary radio stations providing news and information about the coronavirus pandemic have the option to continue to broadcast beyond 5 September, in areas which are subject to additional lockdown restrictions. Ofcom introduced the new temporary Covid-19 “short-term restricted service licence” (SRSL) at the start of lockdown in March. Licences were Read more +

Key Commitments Survey

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

The Community Media Association is surveying the sector on the delivery of stations’ key commitments during the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis. We are collating responses to be presented to Ofcom in August and all replies will be anonymised for confidentiality. https://chat.commedia.org.uk/t/key-commitments-survey/1788

Ofcom awards three new community radio licences in Northampton

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

Ofcom has announced the award of three new community radio licences in Northampton. The three new community radio licences have been awarded to: Inspiration FM (Inspiration Radio Ltd), Northampton Website: www.inspirationfm.co.uk Inspiration FM will serve underrepresented ethnic minority communities in Northampton with the specific aim of promoting social inclusion. The service Read more +

Award of grants 2020-21 Round 1

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

During the current public health crisis, community radio can provide a reassuring local voice to millions of people. However, many community stations are facing significant financial challenges as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. In response, the government announced £400,000 of emergency funding to help stations meet the core costs Read more +

Ofcom awards six new community radio licences (May 2020)

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

Ofcom has announced the award of six new community radio licences in England and Scotland. The new stations will serve communities in Dunfermline in Scotland, and Kent, London and North Somerset in England. Community radio services are provided on a not-for-profit basis, focusing on the delivery of specific social benefits Read more +

Ofcom Develops Temporary COVID-19 Short-term Restricted Service Licence

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

Ofcom has developed a new temporary licence product in light of the extraordinary circumstances of the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic for those wanting to provide a radio service designed specifically to share information, news and updates about the Covid-19 pandemic with their community. Ofcom, like all of us, must act responsibly at Read more +

BBC Local Radio Content available for community radio stations

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

Community Media Association member stations may now rebroadcast selected BBC Local Radio content during the current coronavirus epidemic. Danny Lawrence, Gateway 97.8, and Chairman of the Community Media Association said: “We’re delighted to be working with BBC Local Radio in this initiative to share their content with community radio stations Read more +

Ofcom: a Coronavirus update

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

Dear Broadcaster Ofcom is understandably receiving a number of queries from broadcast licensees about the Coronavirus situation and how we will view any impact the current situation has on compliance with regulatory obligations. We recognise that the current situation is fast-moving and unpredictable. We appreciate that all organisations will need to follow Government Read more +

Key Commitments and coronavirus (COVID-19)

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

The Community Media Association recently raised the issue with Ofcom of the outbreak of coronavirus (COVID-19) possibly impacting on the ability of community radio stations to meet their Key Commitments. Ofcom advises that in any situation where they are assessing whether or not a station is complying with its Key Commitments (or Format for Read more +

Ofcom awards four new community radio licences

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

Ofcom has announced the award of three new community radio licences in England, and one in Scotland. The new stations will serve communities in Edinburgh, Melksham in Wiltshire, Thornbury in Gloucestershire and Wimborne Minster, East Dorset. Community radio services are provided on a not-for-profit basis, focusing on the delivery of Read more +

Ofcom awards four new community radio licences

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

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, Read more +

CMA Chair Awarded British Citizen Award

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

Danny Lawrence

Danny Lawrence, from Gateway 97.8 and Chair of the Community Media Association, has received the British Citizen Award for Community for his outstanding contributions to community radio across the UK at a presentation ceremony at the Cholmondeley Room and Terrace at the House of Lords, in Westminster. Danny, who is a Read more +

Invitation of applications for new community radio licences

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

Ofcom is inviting applications for new FM community radio licences (PDF, 196.3 KB) in 43 areas across the UK. These areas were announced in September 2018, and were based on earlier responses from individuals or groups who had expressed an interest in applying for a community radio licence. The closing Read more +

Community Radio (Amendment) Order – Survey

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

In order to progress the development of small-scale DAB licensing, DCMS will need to develop the detail of the new arrangements with a view to seeking legislation when parliamentary time allows. The proposals will require changes to the Broadcasting Act 1990, the Broadcasting Act 1996 and the Communications Act 2003. Read more +

Expressions of interest in small-scale DAB

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

Ofcom has published details of the responses to their call for expressions of interest for small-scale DAB. Small-scale DAB (Digital Audio Broadcasting) is an innovative technology designed to allow local stations to achieve affordable transmission on digital radio. Ofcom’s update contains three maps and tables showing the locations where parties Read more +

The Community Media Association’s Response to Radiocentre’s Report: Small-Scale Radio in the UK

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

A PDF version of this text may be downloaded here. The story of community radio in the United Kingdom is one of success. From the humble origins of fifteen Access radio stations in the early 2000s, there are now over 270 licensed community radio stations across the whole of the Read more +

Community Media News Issue #19

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

It’s been a very busy month, and in this edition of Community Media News we report on the DCMS response to the industry consultation on the development of Small Scale Digital Audio Broadcasting. We also share news of events across the UK, Mapping Community Media, Rethinking Digital Inclusion and discounted tickets for RadioTechCon. There is news from Awaz Read more +

Small-Scale DAB Licensing consultation – Comment from the Community Media Association on the Government’s proposals

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

The Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS) has published its response to the industry consultation on the development of Small Scale Digital Audio Broadcasting (SSDAB). The Community Media Association (CMA) is the sector body for community media in the UK and includes among its membership the majority of Read more +

World Mental Health Day 10th October

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

The World Health Organisation recognises World Mental Health Day on 10 October every year. The day provides an opportunity “for all stakeholders working on mental health issues to talk about their work, and what more needs to be done to make mental health care a reality for people worldwide”. This year’s theme set by Read more +