Ofcom has opened the application process for community radio licences in the East of England as well as Northamptonshire and Milton Keynes.
Milton Keynes was originally scheduled to be part of the South East region, which would have been the final area as part of the latest wave of licensing. Earlier this year, digital station MKFM got the area’s local MP to argue in parliament for applications for the city to be considered sooner, with MKFM even offering to pay an application fee of around £10,000 instead of the usual £600 if their application was ‘fast tracked’.
Ofcom has highlighted several areas where there are no FM frequencies available and says it will not consider FM applications for those areas. They are Bury St Edmunds and surrounding area of Suffolk; Cambridge; Central Bedfordshire; Hertfordshire; Luton; Southend on Sea; Southern and western Essex.
Applications need to be in by 5pm on 16th December 2014 along with the £600 application fee.