Six new community radio stations for Hampshire
More community radio stations are set to launch in Portsmouth, Southampton, Alton and Winchester in the next two years.
The news comes as Ofcom awards six new licences across Hampshire, including an alternative licence for Angel Radio and the return of the name Wey Valley Radio.
In addition to the six new stations, Ofcom considered one further application, but decided not to award to Waterside Radio (Waterside Radio Ltd) in Totton and Eling, Hampshire.
Licences have been awarded to:
Angel Radio (Angel Radio Limited)
Angel Radio will be a community service for people aged 60+ in Portsmouth and Havant. It currently broadcasts a service to Havant, but as a result of this licence award the station will be able to expand its service to include Portsmouth (and will return the Havant licence).
BFBS Portsmouth (BFBS Portsmouth Limited)
BFBS Portsmouth is for the military community of the Naval Base and Royal Navy ships in Portsmouth.
Awaaz FM (Awaaz FM Community Radio CIC)
Awaaz FM is for ethnic minority groups in Southampton. It will broadcast in a range of languages including Urdu, Punjabi, Pashtun, and Hindi.
Fiesta FM (Fiesta FM CIC)
Fiesta FM is a station for the Hispanic population in Southampton. It will broadcast in English, Spanish and Portuguese.
Wey Valley Radio (Wey Valley Radio (Alton) Limited)
Wey Valley Radio is a radio station for the general population in Alton.
Winchester Radio (Winchester Radio CIO)
Winchester Radio is a community service for the population aged over 50 in the city of Winchester.
Ofcom received a total of 26 applications for Region 9 south east England (outside the M25) last year and has so far awarded 16 and rejected 2.