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Preston gets fourth station

Ofcom has awarded three new community radio licences for the North Wales and the North West of England – including another station for Preston. The award comes just months before the launch of UTV’s Proud FM, and adds to established services from Rock FM and Magic 999.

The other two new services will be based in Llandudno and Rhyl and will be licensed for five years. Five applications were denied a licence by the regulators.

The new community radio licensees in each of these areas are:

Tudno FM, Llandudno

Tudno FM will aim to appeal to the whole Llandudno community, with a
particular focus on the Tudno and Mostyn wards of the town. It will
provide education and training facilities in radio production and
encourage people from the community, including local schools and
colleges, community groups and charities to get involved with the
station.

Radio Elwy / Point FM, Rhyl

Radio Elwy/Point FM aims to serve Rhyl, Prestatyn, Rhuddlan and the
surrounding area. It will be community owned and resourced, and will
welcome the participation and involvement of all members of theher
community it intends to serve in a service including local news, views
and information.

Preston FM, Preston

Serving the geographical community of Preston, and many communities of
interest within this population, Preston FM will operate a station which
will, through creativity, enable people to explore, realise and value
their full potential.

There were five applications turned down by Ofcom. These were:

  • Burnley FM
  • City Community Radio, Preston
  • Radio Together, St Helens
  • Radio Worm, Warrington
  • The Source, Lytham St Annes

Full details of the winning applications can be found on the Ofcom website.

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