Ofcom Issues Call for Community Radio Applications

Community groups in Scotland looking to set up their own local radio station are being invited by the broadcasting regulators, Ofcom, to apply for a licence.

Ofcom is expected to formally accept Scotland-based applications from the end of this year, over a period of three months. Community radio stations are not-for-profit and involve a strong training element. There are currently 18 community radio stations alreading opering in Scotland, such as Celtic Music Radio in Glasgow and SHMU in Aberdeen.

Says a statement issued by Ofcom: “This is the third wave of [UK-wide] licensing since the first community radio station took to the airwaves in 2005. Since then, a new community radio station has launched, on average, every ten days. To date, 228 community radio licences have been issued [UK-wide] and around 11 million people are now able to tune into community radio stations across the UK. This figure is up 17 per cent year-on-year and an increase of more than a third (36 per cent) since 2008.”