Two of the four new Ofcom licences awarded today have gone to groups wanting to operate radio stations on medium wave.
Akash Radio has two years to start broadcasting, along with Pakistan FM in Bradford, who have both secured a five year AM licence to provide local Asian programming. It means AM broadcasting is likely to continue till at least 2021, with more awards still to be considered.
Also today, Beverley FM and Hull Kingston Radio, both based in East Yorkshire, have been given licences to provide local community radio services in their respective areas.
But whilst four have been granted a licence, five other groups have been declined. They are Fantastic Radio in Pudsey, Radio Azaan in Leeds, Radio Make a Change in Bradford, Hull Community Radio and South Humberside Community Radio in North Lincolnshire.
These are part of Ofcom’s community radio Region 5, which is classified as west and south Yorkshire, Humberside and north west England. Out of the 38 applications submitted, 16 have so far been rejected and nine have been successful.