Ofcom has announced the award of four new community radio licences in Norfolk and Essex.
Licences have been awarded to Harbour Radio in Great Yarmouth, Colne Radio in north eastern Essex, centred on the town of Wivenhoe, near Colchester, Chelmsford Community Radio, and Funky SX which plans to provide a rhythmic-based music service to young people (under 35s) in Southend-on-Sea.
In addition to the four licence awards, Ofcom considered one further application, but decided not to award a licence to Coastal Radio in Great Yarmouth.
In response to the news at Harbour Radio, Director and Station Manager Nevv Moore thanked everyone involved in the application; volunteers, supporters and well-wishers. “Without a doubt it is going to be an amazing project, serving the needs of the community, and aiming to build on the already diverse range of topics and music that we already cover.
“Harbour Radio is a listener-supported, community-based, radio station for Great Yarmouth and we will continue to tackle issues that matter to the local community”. He continued, “We owe our success to the many supporters and volunteers of Harbour Radio and we want to say thank you to them all.”
Community radio licences are awarded for a five-year period.