Ofcom has today rejected five community radio bids, whilst awarding four new ones. It's the first time Ofcom has rejected more bids than they have awarded for community radio. The reasons for the failed bids may never be known.
The unsuccesful bids include Peace Radio and and Asian Community Radio, both based in Bradford, which is already served by The Pulse and Sunrise Radio.
Four groups however, are celebrating today. Hartlepool gains its own station as long time RSL group Radio Hartlepool is granted a licence.
Drystone Radio in South Craven, Garrison Radio at Catterick and Bishop FM for Bishop Auckland also won a new five year licence each by Ofcom.
Bishop FM are also starting a trial this Saturday in the area. Michael Fryer, station co-ordinator told RadioToday.co.uk: “Saturday’s launch will be a double celebration. Not only are we celebrating starting the trial broadcast, but winning a full-time licence after such a short time makes it an extra special occasion. Saturday’s event in the Market Place will run from 10am to 3pm with performances of singing and dancing by the Shildon Tearaways, a Scottish piper, a brass band, competitions and activities.