Ofcom awards 11 new community stations
Eleven more community radio stations have each been granted a five year licence in Wales and the South West England region.
A further two stations were not granted a licence in Prestatyn (Radio FAM) and St Asaph (Community Radio Wales).
They are located in Exmouth, Crediton, Barnstaple, Chedder Valley, Bridgwater, Taunton (x2), Weymouth, Bodelwyddan, Isle of Anglesey and Harlech. The not-for-profit stations now have two years to commence broadcasting.
One of the stations is The Voice, which is already broadcasting on DAB – alongside a current FM RSL until next week.
The new awards mean that 246 community radio licences have been awarded, with 198 currently on air serving particular community needs.
In recent months a handful of community radio stations have ceased broadcasting due to financial difficulties, including Cheshire FM and Rossendale Radio.
Details of these new community radio services are as follows:
Bay FM Radio (Exmouth, Devon)
Bay FM Radio will serve the community of Exmouth and the immediate surrounding area.
Q-mmunity Radio (Crediton, Devon)
Q-mmunity Radio will target the Crediton learning community. This includes the children served by Queen Elizabeth secondary school and their partner primary schools, as well as their families.
The Voice (Barnstaple, Bideford & Ilfracombe, North Devon)
The Voice will provide a community radio service for North Devon.
Pulse (Cheddar Valley, Somerset)
Pulse will broadcast a service for the people of the Cheddar Valley and surrounding villages.
Access FM (Bridgwater, Somerset)
This station will provide a service for the broad community within Bridgwater and surrounding villages.
Apple FM (Taunton, Somerset)
Apple FM, based at Musgrove Park Hospital, will broadcast to the caring community in and around Taunton, including those in care at all hospital sites in the area, and their families and friends.
Tone FM (Taunton, Somerset)
Tone FM will provide a service for the over 45s in Taunton and the surrounding area.
AIR (Weymouth, Dorset)
This station, based at Westfield Arts College, will broadcast for children and young people, including young people with learning difficulties, and their families.
Glan Clwyd AM (Bodelwyddan, Denbighshire)
Glan Clwyd AM will broadcast to those aged 45+ in Bodelwyddan and surrounding areas.
MônFM (Isle of Anglesey)
MônFM will broadcast to communities across Anglesey.
Harlech FM (Harlech, Gwynedd)
Harlech FM will be located at Coleg Harlech, and serve the biliingual community in and around Harlech.