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Local radio returning to Andover & Newbury

Five more community radio stations have been granted licences, including Kennet Radio in Newbury and Andover Radio.

Both areas had a locally based station in the past before being networked and moved to Basingstoke.

BFBS has won two community licences, in Brize Norton and Shorncliffe, whilst Vectis Radio will start FM broadcasting in Newport on the Isle of Wight.

Speaking to RadioToday this morning, Managing Director of Andover Radio David Harber says: “It makes every part of you tingle when you get that call from the licensing authority.

“I believe that the quality of applicants in this round shows people are now taking community radio a lot more seriously. In a number of cases, licensees have proven that local marketplaces rely on their community radio station as their local radio service.”

In addition, Ofcom considered one further application, but decided not to award a licence to Worthing FM (Worthing FM), Worthing, West Sussex.

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