Seven new community radio groups have been given licences to broadcast, including five in the North West of England.
In Lancashire, Rossendale Radio, Blackburn Youth Radio and Leyland Community Radio will go on the air, while there are two new ones on Merseyside – Liverpool Community Radio and Mighty Radio in Southport.
Caithness FM in Scotland and Great Driffield Radio in the East Riding of Yorkshire complete today’s licence awards.
In Southport, Ofcom also considered an application from Radio Southport Limited but didn’t award a licence to the group.
Here’s the list of the new licences awarded by Ofcom today:
Blackburn Youth Radio (Blackburn Community Radio Limited)
Blackburn Youth Radio will broadcast to young people (under-25s) in Blackburn, Lancashire
Caithness FM (Caithness FM Limited)
Caithness FM will be a community radio service for Caithness in Scotland.
Great Driffield Radio (Great Driffield Radio Limited)
Great Driffield Radio will be a radio station for the people of Great Driffield and surrounding village communities in East Riding of Yorkshire
Leyland Community Radio (Leyland Community Radio Limited)
Leyland Community Radio will serve Leyland and the surrounding area in Lancashire, with a particular focus on the over-35s and older age groups.
Liverpool Community Radio (KensingtonVision CIC)
Liverpool Community Radio will broadcast to the people of Kensington and Fairfield, and surrounding areas in Liverpool.
Mighty Radio (Mighty Radio Limited)
Mighty Radio will serve the people of Southport and surrounding areas.
Rossendale Radio (Rossendale Radio Ltd)
Rossendale Radio is a community radio service for Rawtenstall in the Rossendale Valley, East Lancashire.