Ofcom has announced the award of seven new community radio licences in England and Scotland.
The new stations will serve communities in Blackburn in Lancashire, Caithness in Scotland, Great Driffield in the East Riding of Yorkshire, Leyland in Lancashire, Liverpool, Southport in Merseyside and Rawtenstall in the Rossendale Valley in East Lancashire.
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.
Licences have been awarded to:
- Blackburn Youth Radio (Blackburn Community Radio Limited) will broadcast to young people (under-25s) in Blackburn, Lancashire
- Caithness FM (Caithness FM Limited) - will be a community radio service for Caithness in Scotland.
- Great Driffield Radio (Great Driffield Radio Limited) will be a radio station for the people of Great Driffield and surrounding village communities in East Riding of Yorkshire
- Leyland Community Radio (Leyland Community Radio Limited) will serve Leyland and the surrounding area in Lancashire, with a particular focus on the over-35s and older age groups.
- Liverpool Community Radio (KensingtonVision CIC) will broadcast to the people of Kensington and Fairfield, and surrounding areas in Liverpool.
- Mighty Radio (Mighty Radio Limited) will serve the people of Southport and surrounding areas.
- Rossendale Radio (Rossendale Radio Ltd) is a community radio service for Rawtenstall in the Rossendale Valley, East Lancashire.