MKFM’s long battle for an FM licence has paid off today with the award of a five year community radio licence from Ofcom.
The station has been broadcasting on DAB for two years and was started by the former management team of Horizon Radio wanting to bring local radio back to the area. Programme Director Chris Gregg told RadioToday: “MKFM was started with a simple mission – to bring local radio back to Milton Keynes on FM and this is amazing news because it means we will finally be able to do it. It’s been a lot of hard work but the hundreds of messages of support we received showed that it was all worthwhile.”
Making the announcement on-air, Chris Gregg thanked Milton Keynes North MP Iain Stewart who supported the station and even started a debate in parliament about the licence process.
Other stations – NNBC, Black Cat Radio and Secklow Sounds have also won a licence in the latest round, Round 8, which attracted 14 applications last December.
MKFM will serve the population of Milton Keynes with a service focused on providing local content specific to Milton Keynes and extensive social gain.
NNBC will provide a service to the general population of Northampton. The applicant group is formed by several individuals in partnership with the University of Northampton. Terry Doyle, Station Manager says “I’m delighted that Ofcom has approved our application and the hard work begins now. NNBC will provide an original, innovative and truly local radio service aimed work and play in Northampton and its environs”
Black Cat Radio will be a music-led community service for St Neots, in Cambridgeshire, and the immediately surrounding area. It has also broadcast on DAB in the past and carried out a number of temporary FM broadcasts.
Finally, Secklow Sounds will also broadcast to Milton Keynes, although this service will cater specifically to the interests of its identified “communities of interest”: people who are disadvantaged; people from diverse backgrounds; the local music and arts scenes, and; the voluntary sector.
In the photo are:
Chris Gregg – MKFM Founder & Programme Director
Darren Dorrington – MKFM Managing Director
Lia Christodoulou – Head of Keep it Local
Iain Stewart – MP for Milton Keynes North
Derek Eastman – Mayor of Milton Keynes
John Cove – CEO MK Dons SET
Karl Robinson – MK Dons Manager
Peter Marland, leader of Milton Keynes Council