New community radio stations are set to launch in Herne Bay, Gravesham, the Isle of Sheppey and Brighton.
Three groups have been awarded a licence each in Brighton – 1 Brighton FM, Platform B and Gaydio. In addition, Radio Cabin will serve the general population of Herne Bay, north east Kent, Sheppey FM is a station for adults and young people with physical or mental health disabilities in Sheerness, Isle of Sheppey and Miskin Radio will be a community radio service on the AM band for people living in the Gravesham, Dartford and Bexley areas.
1 Brighton FM is for the general population of Brighton and Hove and will feature a broad range of specialist music genres and community shows, and Platform B is a music-led station for young adults (aged 16-25 years old) in Brighton and Hove. Gaydio will be a similar service to the Manchester community station, with all but a proposed five hours per day simulcast.
In its application, Gaydio says: “A minimum of 25 hours a week will originate from the Brighton studios, made by volunteers working with our Station Manager. These hours include our flagship local magazine show ‘The Exchange’ and weekday drivetime show. The rest of the output will be provided by our partner, Gaydio (Manchester). Opt-outs will provide specific Brighton content regularly through the day.”
In addition to the licence awards detailed above, Ofcom considered one further application, but decided not to award a licence to Shoreline (Retrocadia Ltd) in Romney Marsh, Kent.