Community radio stations fail

Two community radio stations have been found in breech of their licence after failing to provide normal output.

Voice of Africa Radio ceased broadcasting without informing the regulator, whilst Afan FM broadcast non-stop music for over a week in December.

Ofcom said Voice of Africa Radio did not transmit any audio on their London 94.3 FM frequency from December 22nd 2010 to week commencing January 8th 2011.

When Ofcom rang the station on 22nd December, a representative confirmed that the station was not broadcasting, but when they called again on 20th January, the station representative refuted claims that the station had been off air for a considerable amount of time and instead stated that the station had only ceased broadcasting for a few hours on 22 December 2010.

Ofcom's own investigation indicated that the station was broadcasting a blank carrier from some point during the week commencing 11th December 2010 to some point during the week commencing 8th January 2011. It has now held a breech of licence against the station, which is once again broadcasting regular programmes.

Meanwhile, Afan FM in Neath and Port Talbot stopped regular programmes on 11th December due to the station's IT network failing, lasting 10 days. However, bad weather on December 17th seemed to allow the station to overcome its technical problems and provide a live service during the heavy snow fall.

Due to the station's failure to let Ofcom know about the problems, the regulator has formally recorded the breach by Neath Port Talbot Broadcasting C.I.C on its record.

The station has since re-launched as XS.

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