Posts Categorized: Radio Industry

Ofcom announces trials to help small stations join digital radio

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

Ofcom has confirmed plans for trials of a new technology that could provide small radio stations across the UK with an affordable way to broadcast on DAB digital radio. Known as ‘small scale DAB’, the new approach is best suited for broadcasting to small geographic areas, ideal for community and local Read more +

Ofcom awards three new Midlands community radio licences

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

Ofcom has announced the award of three community radio licences in Wolverhampton, Coventry and Rutland. Licences have been awarded for Gulshan Radio in Wolverhampton; Radio PANJ in Coventry; and BFBS Cottesmore and North Luffenham for the Kendrew Barracks in Rutland. Community radio services are provided on a not-for-profit basis and Read more +

BBC signs ‘Memorandum of Understanding’ with the Community Media Association

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

BBC MoU

The BBC has signed a new agreement with the Community Media Association to pledge a closer working relationship. The Memorandum of Understanding was signed on behalf of the BBC by David Holdsworth,Controller of BBC English Regions and Dom Chambers, Chair of the Community Media Association. It’s designed to help deliver on the public service objectives Read more +

Community Radio Fund: award of grants for 2014/15 Round 2

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

Ofcom’s Community Radio Fund Panel met on Tuesday 13 January 2015 to consider applications in the second round of grant awards for 2014/15. The Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) confirmed the total of £393,000 for the Community Radio Fund for 2014/15. The amount spent in the first round Read more +

Invitation to Community Radio Networking & Information Day

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

Community radio station 103 The Eye is marking its tenth year of broadcasting by holding a ‘Community Radio Networking & Information Day’ in Melton Mowbray on Saturday, 21 February. The award-winning station, which serves the Vale of Belvoir on the Leicestershire-Nottinghamshire border, was the first to launch when Ofcom originally Read more +

Government relaxes funding rules and extends licences for up to five years in move welcomed by community radio stations

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

Community radio stations across the UK are set to benefit from a package of changes that will help them thrive and continue to provide a valued radio service to their local communities. Current rules mean there are strict financial limits in place on how much income the 217 community radio Read more +

9 Years of Promoting Unity in Southampton’s Communities

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

In January 2015, Southampton’s Unity 101 Community Radio – the heart of the city’s cultural media – celebrated its 9th anniversary with a lavish Anniversary & Awards Evening. The community radio station whose motto is “For the community, To the community, By the community” is the South’s leading Asian & ethnic Read more +

Call for Participation! “Radio Archives in European Community Media” International Conference on Open Radio Archives on 4-6 June 2015 in Halle/Saale (Germany)

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

“Radio Archives in European Community Media” International Conference on Open Radio Archives on 4-6 June 2015 in Halle/Saale (Germany) CAPTCHA (Creative Approaches to Living Cultural Archives) want to encourage people involved in community media to present current broadcast and multimedia archiving practices at their stations and to generate ideas for an Read more +

Community radio and transnational encounters

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

Community radio and transnational encounters       A note by Peter Lewis & Caroline Mitchell, December 2014 The HERA-funded, three-year Transnational Radio Encounters (TRE) project (https://transnationalradio.org/) has now entered its second year. TRE’s seven partners, from the UK, Denmark, Germany and the Netherlands, have been looking at the way radio has been Read more +

Ofcom awards three new community radio licences in Shropshire, Nottinghamshire and Lincolnshire

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

Ofcom has announced the award of three new community radio licences in Shropshire, Nottinghamshire and Lincolnshire. Licences have been awarded to Nova FM in Newport, Shropshire; Radio Newark in Newark on Trent, Nottinghamshire; and Endeavour FM in Boston, Lincolnshire. Nova FM (Radio Nova Ltd) Website: http://novafm.co.uk/ Nova FM will provide Read more +

Application process for Short term RSLs during June and July 2015

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

Ofcom has outlined the application process for short-term restricted service licences (SRSLs) to provide a radio service between 15 June and 23 July 2015. 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 Read more +

Ofcom to investigate over 50 community radio stations

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

Whilst it is of significant concern that 53 community radio stations are to be investigated by Ofcom to determine if those stations have breached their key commitments, it is important to note that such an investigation does not imply that the broadcaster is automatically in breach. Not all investigations result Read more +

Ofcom consults on new short-term licences for small-scale digital radio trials

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

Ofcom has published a consultation seeking views on the approach to issuing new short-term licences to support small-scale digital radio trials being run next year. This consultation focuses on the conditions and award processes for trial Wireless Telegraphy Act licences needed to test small-scale DAB multiplexes in three locations. If Read more +

Ofcom awards new community radio licences in Staffordshire

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

Ofcom has announced the award of three community radio licences in Staffordshire. Licences have been awarded to BFBS Stafford and Stafford FM, for services in Stafford, and Hitmix Radio, for a service in Newcastle-under-Lyme. Community radio services are provided on a not-for-profit basis focusing on the delivery of specific social Read more +

Ofcom invites applications for community radio licences in the East of England, Northamptonshire and Milton Keynes

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

Ofcom invites licence applications for community radio licences in the East of England, Northamptonshire and Milton Keynes. Community radio services are provided on a not-for-profit basis, focusing on the delivery of specific social benefits to a particular geographical community or a community of interest. Ofcom can award five-year community licences Read more +

Ofcom awards new community radio licences in Huddersfield and Pocklington

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

Ofcom has announced the award of new community radio licences in Huddersfield and Pocklington. Licences have been awarded to Radio Sangam, for a service in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, and to West Wolds Radio, for a service in Pocklington, East Yorkshire. Radio Sangam (Communities Together) Contact name: Qaisar Mahmood Website: www.radiosangam.co.uk Read more +

Ofcom factsheet on pirate radio updated

Posted by Andy King & filed under Licensing, Radio Industry.

Ofcom have updated their information sheet regarding illegal ‘pirate’ radio broadcasters, including new information on community radio. The radio regulator says community radio can offer a legitimate alternative to pirate broadcasting, giving examples of stations which have successfully made the transition to licensed transmissions, including London’s Rinse FM and Kane Read more +

DCMS Consultation on the future of community radio

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

DCMS has published its consultation on community radio.  The deadline for responses is 23rd April 2014. Below is the link to the consultation document: https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/community-radio-consultation We urge you all to respond to this consultation, whether as a licensed station or other interested party, and where possible to copy your response Read more +

The REACH RADIO PLAYER – community radio on the move

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

The REACH radio player launched in December last year by the Community Media Association in partnership with Exaget Ltd to serve the community radio sector with its very own mobile radio player, helping listeners to stay tuned in to their favourite community radio station wherever they are. Listeners are also Read more +

British Empire Medal for services to community radio

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

Basildon Deputy Mayor and Gateway 97.8 Director Danny Lawrence has been awarded the British Empire Medal (BEM) for his commendable service to community radio. The British Empire Medal is given to those engaging in voluntary work who have made a “hands-on” contribution to their local community or have made an Read more +

Community radio presenter wins top national award

Posted by Andy King & filed under Radio Industry.

A radio presenter at Southampton’s award-winning Unity 101 Community Radio, is celebrating being crowned the national 2013 Radio Personality of the Year by the UK BEFFTA Awards – dubbed the ‘Black BAFTAs’ – which recognises outstanding talents in Black Entertainment Film Fashion Television & Arts. Veronica Gordon, from Southampton, has Read more +

BBC World Service programming – new CMA member benefit

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

BBC World Service broadcasts in 27 languages. The programmes are produced for BBC overseas audiences: http://www.bbc.co.uk/worldservice/languages/index.shtml But now, for the first time and thanks to the cooperation with the CMA, there is an unique opportunity for community radio stations to get high quality programmes in Arabic, Swahili, French for Africa, Read more +