Media regulator Ofcom has awarded five new community radio licences. The recipients are Marlow FM, Radio BGWS, Seahaven FM, The Park and Voice FM.
Marlow FM (Marlow, Bucks) is to provide training and access to local schools, special interest and community groups. Radio BGWS (Farnborough, Aldershot, Camberley and Fleet) Radio BGWS will provide a community radio service on AM for the rapidly growing community of ex-Gurkhas, their families and other Nepalese people in Farnborough, Aldershot, Camberley and Fleet.
Seahaven FM (Newhaven, Seaford and Peacehaven, East Sussex)
aims to provide a service offering local information and diverse music programming. The Park (Brockenhurst, Hampshire) promises to bring the communities of the New Forest together through direct involvement in producing their own programmes. While Voice FM (Southampton).
Voice FM will encourage students and those wishing to learn new skills in the Southampton city region to produce programming.
Licences are awarded for a five-year period.