Six more community radio licences awarded

Ofcom has today announced the award of six new community radio licences in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland, and Wales.

At the same time, four other community radio applicants were not given a licence to broadcast. Love Radio in the Medway Towns, Panj Pani Radio in Leamington Spa and Seagull FM in Torbay all missed out after Ofcom studied their applications. In addition, Ofcom decided not to consider an application from Radio Paisley Ltd.

The new stations will serve communities in Banbridge in County Down, Northern Ireland; Paisley in Renfrewshire, Scotland; Aberystwyth in Ceredigion, Wales; Burgess Hill in West Sussex; and South Dartmoor and Torbay in Devon.

The six new community radio licences have been awarded to:

Radio Aber (Radio Aber Limited)
Contact name: Al Frean

Radio Aber will broadcast to people in Aberystwyth and surrounding areas.

Bounce FM (Bounce FM)
Contact name: Robin Murray

Bounce FM will be a radio station for the people of Banbridge in Northern Ireland.

Burgess Hill Radio (Burgess Hill Community Radio CIC)
Contact name: Jerry Bradford

Burgess Hill Radio will be a community radio service for Burgess Hill, West Sussex.

Paisley FM (Paisley FM (2017) Limited)

Contact name: Robert McWilliam

Paisley FM will be a radio station for the people of Paisley and the surrounding areas in Renfrewshire, Scotland.

Riviera FM (Riviera FM Limited)
Contact name: Martin Foster

Riviera FM will serve Torbay and the surrounding area including Torquay, Paignton and Brixham (Devon).

Skylark (Skylark Sounds)
Contact name: Lucinda Guy

Skylark will serve the people of South Dartmoor, Devon.

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  1. Neal says

    Congratulations to Riviera FM on getting an FM licence. Interesting that Ofcom obviously think there is enough support for a LOCAL station in Torquay and the immediate area yet refused to give the old Palm FM licence to Radio Exe instead of giving it back to one of the big boys and their so not local Breeze network. As I always say money and the big faceless wonders always rule especially when it come to commercial radio in this Country. Still that great unanswered question by Ofcom – YOU are the regulator so why are you so scared of the big guns that you are supposed to have control have?! Very much a case of the tail wagging the dog!

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