Ofcom awards two stations but rejects six
Ofcom is continuing to work its way through the 38 community radio applications for “Region 5” by announcing more decisions.
Two groups have been awarded a licence each, they are Radio Sangam in Huddersfield and West Wolds Radio in Pocklington, East Ridings.
Radio Sangam will provide a community radio service for the Indian, Pakistani and Bangladeshi communities of Huddersfield whilst West Wolds Radio will provide a community radio service for Pocklington and surrounding villages in East Yorkshire.
Founder and station manager of West Wolds Radio Stuart Cocker told RadioToday: “I’m so thrilled we have been given the opportunity of launching something brand new. We’ve used the experience of providing really local broadcasting elsewhere to shape the West Wolds Radio service into an essential part of local life. We consulted with local people and groups before submitting our application and we are delighted that the hope has become reality.
The six stations to be refused a licence are mostly in West Yorkshire, and one in Lancashire. They are:
Harmony FM (Huddersfield Pakistani Community Alliance), Huddersfield;
Radio Paigham (Radio Paigham (Huddersfield) Ltd), Kirklees;
Radio Safa (Safa Association Ltd), Calderdale;
Madina Live FM (Madina Live FM Ltd), Dewsbury and Batley; and
U Radio Kirklees (U Radio Ltd), Dewsbury, Batley and surrounding area.
Rossendale FM (Rossendale FM Limited), Rossendale Valley (Lancashire).