Ofcom awards two new community radio licences in Northern England

Ofcom has today announced the award of two new community radio licences in the north of England.

Licences have been awarded to Candofm, for a service in Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria, and to Koast Radio, for a service in Ashington, Northumberland.

Community radio services are provided on a not-for-profit basis focusing on the delivery of specific social benefits to a particular geographical community or a community of interest.

Ofcom has awarded community radio licences to:

  • Candofm (Furness College): Candofm will provide a community radio service for Barrow-in-Furness and the surrounding area, aimed at 16-40 year olds.
  • Koast Radio (Koast Radio Limited): Koast Radio will provide a community radio service for the town of Ashington and surrounding villages in south east Northumberland.

Licences are awarded for a five-year period.

In addition to the licence awards detailed above, Ofcom considered two further applications, but decided not to award a licence to the following groups:

  • Radio Northumberland (Radio Northumberland Limited)
  • Synergy (South Northumberland Radio Group CIC), Bedlington, Northumberland;

DTG Staff  |  12.12.2013

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