Ofcom limits next community radio round
Ofcom has advertised the latest areas in the third round of community radio licences, but excluded major towns and cities in the north from FM stations.
The regulator wants applications from within West and South Yorkshire, Humberside and north west England but has said there are no FM frequencies available in Manchester, Liverpool, Warrington, Chester, Leeds, Bradford, Scunthorpe, Barnsley, Doncaster and Rotherham.
Applications for AM station are still invited though.
New stations are welcome on FM in Lancashire, Crewe OR Nantwich, Huddersfield OR Halifax OR Dewsbury, Sheffield and finally Southport.
Places such as Manchester already has a number of community radio stations from the previous two licensing rounds – with two city centre stations Gaydio and Unity, along with over half a dozen more operating in Greater Manchester.
Liverpool City on the other hand, has none.
Closing date for applications, including a non-refundable £600 are required by October 15th at 5pm.
If you are part of a community group disappointed by this news, please get in touch.(C) RadioToday