Ofcom has granted seven community radio groups each with a five year FM licence in the latest round of awards.
The new stations are across Lancashire, Manchester and Yorkshire. They include Heritage Community Radio in Manchester, Bury Community Radio, Radio Barnsley and Radio Warrington.
Lancashire is gaining three new radio stations – Beyond Radio in Lancaster, Radio Victoria in Blackpool and Ribble FM in Clitheroe.
Co-founder of Ribble FM Sophie Greenwood told RadioToday.co.uk: “Clitheroe and the Ribble Valley have missed out on a truly local radio station until now, and we aim to correct that. We’ll help bring the area even closer together with a strong emphasis on local content and popular classic hits.”
Sean McGinty, the Chairman of Radio Victoria said: “This is the moment when the talking stops and the real work begins. The Fylde Coast needs a vibrant community radio station that will serve young and old with a great deal more than cheesy tunes and adverts for carpet shops. We need a lot of support now as we prepare to become the newest radio station on the Fylde Coast. We can’t wait to broadcast on an FM frequency.”
Four of the stations will be on AM due to a lack of FM frequencies available. They are in Barnsley, Bury, Warrington and Manchester.
Ofcom has also rejected seven applications today, completing the assessment of community radio Region 5, which is classified as west and south Yorkshire, Humberside and north west England.
Groups not going on-air are Trafford Sound, Retro Radio, FM Manchester Asia, Blackburn Youth Radio, Monster Radio, Mighty FM and Radio Scarborough.