Ofcom has today announced the award of the first community radio licence in the Channel Islands.
The licence has been awarded to Quay FM for a service in Alderney, the most northerly of the Channel Islands, following a change in legislation last year which allowed community stations to be licensed in Guernsey, Alderney and Sark.
Applications for licences closed in March, and Quay FM was the only applicant. However, the outcome of half of the applications made to Ofcom in October last year for stations in West and South Yorkshire, Humberside and north west of England are still to be announced.
Quay FM will provide a “community radio service catering for the people of Alderney” using a licence which will last for five years.
The Channel Islands currently have four radio stations – BBC Radio Jersey, BBC Radio Guernsey, Channel 103 and Island FM.