In the latest round of community radio licensing, Ofcom has awarded six new radio groups a five year-long licence to broadcast. The stations are located in Inverness, Isle of Bute, North and South Queensferry, Dumfries, Bangor (Northern Ireland) and Enniskillen.
Two groups were not awarded a licence this time round, they are Highland Christian Radio in Inverness and Radio North Isles in Orkney.
The six new stations are:
[b]Ness FM[/b] (Inverness)
Ness FM will provide Inverness with a local voice and a platform for local culture and the arts. Access to the station will be open to local residents, and programming will be governed largely by local market research to reflect the unique nature of the Highland Capital.
[b]Bute FM[/b] (Isle of Bute)
Bute FM will provide a community-focussed station devoted to the people of Bute. It will include a varied mix of music styles and genres together with local news and views, up-to-the minute travel information and other items of local interest.
[b]Jubilee FM[/b] (North and South Queensferry)
Jubilee FM will serve the community of North and South Queensferry, twin towns on either side of the River Forth. The service will offer local news, local views, music and entertainment.
[b]Alive Radio[/b] (Dumfries)
Alive Radio will provide a community service with a Christian ethos for the Dumfries area.
[b]Star FM[/b] (Bangor, Northern Ireland)
Star FM will broadcast a service reflecting the area's rich local heritage and arts activities. The provision of training opportunities will be central to the ethos of the station and programming will include a diverse range of music and speech-based output.
[b]Vibe FM[/b] (Enniskillen)
Vibe FM will provide a service for the Enniskillen area, focusing on the interests and needs of young people. The station will provide media training, and broadcast programming relevant to the local community including a diverse range of music genres and participatory speech-based output.
Congratulations to all new licence holders.
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