Four more London community licences awarded

London is getting another 4 stations on FM, after Ofcom awarded licences to Flex FM, Radio Minhaj, Nomad Radio and Maritime Radio.

The regulator has also rejected applications from a further 15 groups who had applied to run community services in the capital.

The services awarded 5-year licences by Ofcom are:

Flex FM – aimed at 15-30 years old dance music fans in Merton, Wandsworth, Sutton and Kingston-upon-Thames.
Radio Minhaj – for black, Asian and other ethnic minorities in Newham.
Nomad Radio – for the Somali community in Hammersmith and Fulham.
Maritime Radio – for the local community in Greenwich.

The 15 applications that have been considered but rejected by Ofcom are:
– AIMS FM (Borough of Hounslow)
– Danaq FM (Gants Hill/Ilford & Redbridge, Boroughs of Newham & Waltham Forest)
– Flames Radio (Boroughs of Hackney, Waltham Forest, Tower Hamlets & Newham)
– GreekBeat Radio (N London: Southgate & surrounding areas of Palmers Green, Oakwood, Cockfosters, Bounds Green & Wood Green)
– Hot Digital Online (Borough of Newham)
– House FM (Boroughs of Hackney, Newham, Tower Hamlets & Waltham Forest)
– Krystal FM (Brixton, Clapham, Tulse Hill, Streatham & surrounding areas of the Borough of Lambeth)
– Metropol Radio (Boroughs of Hackney, Haringey & Enfield)
– Mi-Soul FM (Boroughs of Lewisham, Southwark, Lambeth & Greenwich)
– New Generation Radio (Borough of Newham)
– Radio Harrow (Borough of Harrow)
– Rainbow Radio (Boroughs of Southwark, Lambeth, Lewisham, west Greenwich & part of Wandsworth)
– Starpoint FM (Boroughs of Tower Hamlets & Newham)
– Wandsworth Radio (Borough of Wandsworth)
– Zone One Radio (Central London)

21 applications for the London area were received in total – it appears there’s been no decision yet for Fusion FM (proposing to cover the whole of London: from Edmonton in the north, to Woolwich in the East, Streatham in the South and Ealing in the West); and Quasar (covering all London Boroughs within the M25).

Ofcom is also still considering applications from 11 groups who want to run community radio stations on AM across the UK. They were submitted to the regulator in November 2016 at the same time as the London FM applications.

Last month Ofcom announced the next round of community radio licensing for stations in areas where groups had expressed an interest in operating a service. The closing date for those applications is 27th July 2017.

Posted on Friday, May 12th, 2017 at 11:58 am by RadioToday staff

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1 Comment

  1. leftfield lenny says

    Ofcom’s descision making can be a bid odd and at conflicts with itself at times.
    I’m sure that the management of Mi-Soul as well as I out of coureosity want to know howcome Mi-Soul have a license to broadcast on the DAB format in London, but their Mi-Soul FM (Boroughs of Lewisham, Southwark, Lambeth & Greenwich) application is refused. Very strange.

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