Posts Categorized: Radio Industry

Shortlist announced for 2018 Community Radio Awards

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

The shortlist for the 2018 Community Radio Awards has been announced with the final recipients to be announced next month at the Awards event in Sheffield on Saturday 15th September. The Awards event follows the 2018 Community Media Conference. Tickets for both events are still available to buy here: https://communitymediaassociation.nutickets.com/51222 Read more +

Call for expressions of interest: Small-scale DAB

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

The Broadcasting (Radio Multiplex Services) Act 2017 (“2017 Act”) made provision for the licensing and regulation of small-scale radio multiplex services. Specifically, it allowed for the introduction of secondary legislation which would apply certain provisions of the Broadcasting Act 1996 and/or Communications Act 2003, with appropriate modifications, to small-scale radio Read more +

Ofcom awards two new community radio licences in England

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 Manchester and Leicester. More than 250 community radio stations are currently on air. The two new community radio licences have been awarded to: Heritage Community Radio (British Muslim Heritage Centre) Location: Read more +

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 Manchester and Leicester. More than 250 community radio stations are currently on air. The two new community radio licences have been awarded to: Heritage Community Radio (British Muslim Heritage Centre) Read more +

Ofcom Consultation: Localness on commercial radio

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

Ofcom seeks views on a number of proposed changes to the localness guidelines for local commercial radio stations. The current guidelines were last substantially revised in 2010, and in light of the ongoing pace of change in the media sector, Ofcom has reviewed the current guidelines. This has included some Read more +

The Community Media Conference, Saturday 15th September, Sheffield

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

The dust eventually settled after the 2018 Community Media Conference which was a tremendous success and a huge well done to all who attended and participated. Approximately 150 people attended the event and the feedback received has been very good. The weekend started on Friday 14th September with a social event at community arts Read more +

Ofcom update on coverage improvements and extensions for community radio services and licensing process

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

Ofcom has published details of giving existing community radio licensees an opportunity to apply to improve or extend their current licensed coverage area. Following the statement on ‘Community Radio: future licensing and technical policy’ published on 28 April 2017, Ofcom is inviting applications for changes to the coverage of existing Read more +

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 +

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 +

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 +

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.

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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.

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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.

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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 +

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 CRAs 2017

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.

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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 +

Community Media Tours

Posted by Bill Best & filed under Radio Industry.

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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 +