Celador faces competition for Portsmouth licence
A community radio station is asking for listener donations so it can compete against Celador for the re-advertised Portsmouth licence.
Angel Radio, which holds a community FM licence for Havant in Hampshire, wants the commercial radio licence to reach a bigger audience on FM with its format of “music made before 1960”. It needs to raise the £5,000 needed to submit an application.
The station also broadcasts on DAB across West Sussex, Hampshire and the Isle of Wight. And at the moment it is operating an RSL in Portsmouth on 87.9FM.
Station boss Tony Smith tells the The News website in Portsmouth: “We have to prove that we’re able to sustain the service. We have 12 years of being on air going for us and we’ve never had to take out a loan to pay a bill.”
Celador currently broadcasts The Breeze from Southampton on the 107.4 frequency, which was previously home of Radio Victory and The Quay. A request was made to Ofcom by Celador to cut short the licence and re-advertise it.
The Breeze currently transmits on this frequency at 200W from Fort Southwick but applicants are free to propose an alternative transmitter site to cover the adult population of 300,485.