Five new radio stations for Northern Ireland
Ofcom has awarded five community radio licences for services in Northern Ireland, including one serving Belfast city.
The others cover County Derry, Portadown, Borough of Larne and Ballymoney.
Five more stations w refused a licence in the latest round, with Destination Newry, Bounce FM, Lagan FM, The Super Station Belfast and Strule FM all missing out.
The successful stations will operate under a five year community licence, unable to make a profit and operate with a limited percentage of commercial income.
The five new stations are:
Belfast FM (Belfast FM Limited)
Belfast FM will provide a community radio service for people aged 55 and over in the City of Belfast.
Raidió G (Raidió G Teo), Maghera, County Derry
Raidió G will serve the Irish language community, and those with an interest in Irish language and culture within the broader English-speaking community, in the Greater Maghera Area in south County Derry.
Bridge FM (Portadown Community Radio Limited), Portadown
Bridge FM aims to inform, entertain and unite the population of Portadown and the surrounding area, regardless of age, ethnicity, ability or religious/political affiliation.
Chaine FM (Larne Community Media Limited), Borough of Larne
Chaine FM will provide a community radio service for the population of the Borough Council area of Larne.
fUSe FM (Ullans Speakers Association), Ballymoney
fUSe FM’s service will reflect the traditions, language and culture of Ulster Scots in Ballymoney and surrounding areas.