Ofcom awards extra transmitters to community radio stations

Ofcom is currently assessing 127 applications from community radio stations requesting an improvement or an extension to their coverage areas.

So far, a number of radio stations have been granted further frequencies or higher power, and the regulator says the work is nearing completion.

We’ll update this list once all the requests have been made public, but for now, here are the changes approved so far:

Extra relay transmitters have been agreed for:

  • Cambridge 105 (Cambridge) to serve Cambourne
  • Forest FM (Verwood) to serve Ferndown
  • GTFM (Pontypridd) to serve Aberdare and surrounding areas
  • Bishop FM (Bishop Aukland) to serve surround areas
  • Erewash Sound (Ilkeston) to serve Long Eaton and surrounding areas
  • HCR FM (Huntingdon) to serve Warboys and surrounding villages
  • Zack FM (Forest Heath District) to serve Mildenhall and Newmarket
  • Môn FM (Anglesey) to serve parts of north Gwynedd
  • BFBS Edinburgh (Edinburgh barracks) to serve Glencorse Barracks
  • WCR (Wolverhampton) to serve parts of South Staffordshire
  • Eden FM (Penrith) to serve Penrith, Appleby and Kirkby Stephen and the surrounding rural area with a significant increase in the licensed area. A second relay to serve Carlise was not agreed

Extra power has been granted to:

  • Deveron FM to serve Portsoy and Turriff
  • Link FM (Parts of Sheffield) to serve all of Sheffield
  • Uckfield FM (Uckfield) to serve more surrounding villages
  • Gateway 97.8 (Basildon) to serve the surrounding areas
  • Park Radio (Diss) to serve Diss, Harleston and Eye and surrounding villages in the Lower Waveney Valley
  • Black Diamond (East and central Midlothian) to serve Midlothian
  • Alive Radio (Dumfries) to better serve surrounding villages
  • Radio Ashford (Ashford) to serve the surrounding villages
  • Bolton FM (Bolton) to serve surrounding areas of Bolton via a transmitter site move and power increase
  • First FM (OX4 area of Oxford) to serve all of Oxford
  • Endeavour Radio (Boston) to serve the surrounding areas
  • Lincoln City Radio (Lincoln) to serve the surrounding villages

And coverage improvements have been agreed for:

  • Akash Radio (Leeds)
  • Pendle Community Radio (Nelson)
  • Ribble FM (Clitheroe)
  • Sine FM (Doncaster)
  • Tone FM (Taunton)
  • Beverley FM (Beverley)
  • Future Radio (Norwich)
  • Hermitage FM (Coalville)
  • Hitmix Radio (Newcastle under Lyme)
  • Inspire FM (Luton)
  • Salford City Radio (Salford)
  • The Cat (Crewe and Nantwich)
  • Unity Radio (Central Manchester)
  • Youthcom Radio (Worcester)
  • Ambur Radio (Walsall)
  • Black Cat Radio (St Neots)
  • HFM (Market Harborough)
  • Susy Radio (Redhill and Reigate)
  • Wycombe Sound (High Wycombe)
  • Wythenshawe FM (Wythenshawe)
  • Belfast 89FM (Belfast)
  • Castledown FM (Tidworth/Ludgershall, Wiltshire)
  • Radio Panj (Coventry)
  • Amber Sound 107.2 FM (Ripley)
  • Awaz FM (Glasgow)
  • Black Country Radio (Stourbridge)
  • Chelmsford Community Radio (Chelmsfordv
  • Drive FM (Derry/Londonderry)
  • In2beats (Bedford)
  • North Manchester FM (North Manchester)
  • PCRFM (Peterborough)
  • Penistone FM (Penistone)
  • Radio Verulam (St Albans)
  • Revival FM (Cumbernauld)
  • Seaside Radio (Withernsea)
  • SFM (Sittingbourne)
  • TCR FM (Tamworth)
  • TD1 (Galashiels, Scottish Borders)
  • The Eye (Vale of Belvoir)
  • Wey Valley Radio (Alton)
  • Your FM (Stockport)
  • Andover Radio (Andover)
  • Angel Radio (Isle of Wight)
  • Exmouth Air Radio (Exmouth)
  • Kennet Radio (Newbury and Thatcham)
  • Phonic FM (Exeter)
  • Rhondda Radio (Rhondda Valleys)
  • shmuFM (Aberdeen)
  • Voice FM (Southampton)
  • Witney Radio (Witney, Oxon)

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9 Comments
  1. Steve Evans says

    Good luck to all who are waiting – they all deserve it – and well done to all the stations where this has now been granted – great stuff

  2. Leftfield Lenny says

    I can’t and won’t speak for everyone, but personally I prefer local community radio stations to the same repetitive dross from z listed celebrities, wannabes or has been. To be able to get a decent FM reception as I pass through someplace will be a bonus point with this news. Even when a presenter messes up it makes the whole listening experience seem that bit more human.

  3. Mark Budgen says

    Lincoln City Radio. If you want constant Elvis Presley or discussions on piles and petunias, that’s your place.

  4. Paul Swift says

    PCR were given extra power but for the size of the city of Peterborough every little watt helps. Ofcom need to revisit this issue and give more power to transmitters.

  5. Dave says

    Well Radio Tamworth (tcrfm Tamworth)
    Needs to do something it,s coverage is terrible.

  6. Radio Geordie says

    I’m guessing you’ve waited until now to publish this story as Ofcom have been doing this since February this year – they’ve been doing a number at a time.
    The Deveron FM extension was by way of both a power increase along with two additional relays for the areas mentioned – one of which was where NECR used to serve.
    GTFM’s extension was by way of several additional relays including Aberdare.
    Vixen 101 (which I don’t see on the list – unless I’m blind) was allowed an additional relay to serve Pocklington, replacing the West Wolds Radio service which stopped over a year ago.

    Many of the services above, particularly those who’ve been granted an additional relay have also been allowed to increase the power of their current transmitter.

    1. RadioToday UK says

      Thanks for the additional information. We were waiting until Ofcom had finished the entire list to create one story rather than doing one story per station. Many people contacting us asking why we haven’t mentioned such a station getting an extra transmitter etc so we decided to get it online now and update it as and when.

  7. virgin radio says

    Penistone FM (Penistone) i can pick it up on fm loud and clear in batley west yorkshire And coverage improvements have been agreed will receive it even more loud and clear on 95.7 fm

  8. Stuart O. says

    I can receive The Cat (Crewe and Nantwich) and Hitmix Radio (Newcastle under Lyme) from Wrexham LL11 area (Brymbo). The reception is quite good from a roof aerial but I have to listen in Mono to reduce the hiss. Would be nice if the reception improvements will enable me to listen in stereo to both stations and receive the RDS station name data.

    I don’t really understand what it means by coverage improvements though. Apart from adding extra transmitters or increasing power as listed above for other stations which by doing either or both will improve reception, it doesn’t explain how other reception improvements will be made for all the stations listed above.
    I’m guessing maybe one or some of the following:

    1. By placing a transmitting aerial higher on a mast.
    2. Building an extension to a mast for the transmitting aerial to be placed higher.
    3. Relocating the transmitter somewhere else, possibly higher to better serve the intended coverage area.
    4. Chop down some trees that are currently reducing the signal getting to the intended coverage area.

    Are these the sort of coverage improvements you meant, Radio Today? Or are there other improvements that can be made which I haven’t mentioned?

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