Nine new community licences awarded by Ofcom
Ofcom has awarded nine more community radio licences – to groups in Staffordshire, Gloucestershire, Somerset, Dorset, Cornwall and south Wales.
The stations are Cannock Chase Radio in Cannock and Rugeley; Dean Radio in Cinderford; Keynsham Town Community Radio; West Somerset Radio in Minehead; Ninesprings FM in Yeovil; Purbeck Coast FM in Swanage; Ridgeway Community Radio in Dorchester; Radio Newquay; and Rhondda Radio.
Licences are for 5 years from the start of broadcasting.
The regulator also considered an application from The Dart in the South Hams area of Devon but did not award a licence to that group.
Here’s the list of applicants that have been successful:
Cannock Chase Radio (Chase Media Training CIC)
Contact name: Jane Hughes
Cannock Chase Radio will broadcast to the people of Cannock and Rugeley, Staffordshire.
Dean Radio (Forest Community Media)
Contact name: Martin Harrison
Dean Radio will be a community radio service for Cinderford in the Forest of Dean.
Keynsham Town Community Radio (KTCR) (Keynsham Town Community Radio)
Contact name: Richard Davison
KTCR will be a radio station for the people of Keynsham, Somerset.
Ninesprings FM (Radio Ninesprings)
Contact name: Steve Haigh
Ninesprings FM will serve the population of Yeovil and the surrounding area.
Purbeck Coast FM (The Swanage Pier Trust)
Contact name: Ben Adeney
Purbeck Coast FM will serve Swanage and the surrounding area.
Radio Newquay (Radio Newquay and Media Limited)
Contact name: Sarah Bunt
Radio Newquay will serve the people of Newquay and the surrounding area.
Rhondda Radio (Rhondda Radio Limited)
Contact name: Lee Cole
Rhondda Radio will serve the local community of the Rhondda valleys (the Fawr and the Fach).
Ridgeway Community Radio (Ridgeway Community Radio)
Contact name: Andrew Worth
Ridgeway Community Radio is for the over-50s living in Dorchester and surrounding areas of West Dorset.
West Somerset Radio (West Somerset Radio CIC)
Contact name: Bryan Leaker MBE
West Somerset Radio will broadcast a service to residents, businesses and visitors in Minehead and surrounding villages.