MP gets behind proposal for Cannock radio station, Chase FM
26th January 2011
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Cannock Community Radio (to be known as Chase FM) is seeking an FM Community Radio Licence from Ofcom, the UK’s regulator of Radio and TV services. The Chase Community Radio campaign group has already submitted an expression of interest to Ofcom following a successful trial in 2001, and a Facebook group and website have been launched to support their bid.

 

Community Radio stations are a new tier of Radio Licences offered by the government regulator, Ofcom. There are 181 of them already on air across the country. They each cover a small area of up to 5km, and station formats vary from covering specialist music, catering for a specific ethnic group, to (as in this case) providing local information for an area otherwise overlooked.  The Government recently announced over £500,000 a year funding to support Community Radio stations.

 

Questioning Culture Minister Ed Vaizey MP at Question Time last Thursday, Aidan welcomed the funding for community radio and sought assurances that new licenses such as the one proposed for Chase FM will be issued by Ofcom, using part of this fund. In response Mr Vaizey reaffirmed the Government’s commitment to supporting community radio and assured Aidan that Ofcom are currently considering opening a third round of applications for new licenses. Mr Vaizey also wished the group luck with their application.

 

Speaking after the exchange Aidan said: “This Community radio station would provide a brilliant way to engage the local community here in Cannock Chase. For too long, Cannock Chase has been ignored by the radio media and this station would provide the people of Cannock with a dedicated service discussing issues directly related to the region. Not only would it provide a service to its listeners but also enable youngsters and adults from across the Chase to participate in the running and development of the station. I hope all the people of Cannock will get behind this application”

 

Pete Baker, the campaign group’s Chairman added: “Where Radio is concerned Cannock has always been overlooked. We have to make-do with stations meant for nearby areas such as Beacon and BRMB who officially do not cover our area. If we are successful in our application we will offer a truly local service that the people of Cannock, Hednesford, Heath Hayes and Norton Canes.”

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