York to get two community radio stations

The city of York will get two new community radio stations, as Ofcom awards licences to Jorvik FM and YO1 Radio.

There are also two licences given to Northern Ireland today – one for Coast FM in Coleraine and one for Coast Radio in Larne.

Two other applications have been turned down due to there being no suitable FM frequency available in each case – these are Basingstoke Radio and Brooklands Radio in Weybridge.

Here are the details of the stations awarded licences by Ofcom today:

Coast FM (North West Student & Youth Community Radio Limited)
Contact name: Vincent Stuart
Coast FM will broadcast to people in Coleraine, Northern Ireland.

Coast Radio (CoastView Media Limited)
Contact name: Lewis McAdam
Website: www.radiolarne.co.uk
Coast Radio will be a radio station for the people of Larne in Northern Ireland.

Jorvik FM (Jorvik Radio Limited)
Contact name: Stephen Twynham
Website: www.jorvikradio.com

YO1 Radio (YO1 Radio Limited)
Contact name: Chris Marsden
Website: www.yo1radio.co.uk
Jorvik FM and YO1 Radio will broadcast to communities in York.

More details about the reasons for the licence awards are available here.

YO1 Co-founder and presenter Chris Marsden said: “This is fantastic news and a testament to the hard work everyone at the station has put in since we went live. We’ve brought together a hugely talented team of presenters and this announcement means that many more of the York community will be able to hear them.”

The station has told RadioToday it currently has over 45,000 consumers each week (based on stream data, social media and web stats), since launching as an online station in September last year.

Carla Ballantine director at YO1 added: “It also provides a hugely extended reach for our advertisers. We’re confident that our output will provide a real alternative to what’s currently available across the region.”

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  1. Philip says

    Am I missing something obvious here? With quite a number of community radio stations struggling, why try to establish two on the same patch simultaneously? If they are sensible they will niche against each other in some fashion, but surely there is a strong possibility they will simply knock each other out?

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