19.11.10

SMALL RADIO STATIONS BRING BIG BENEFITS FOR LOCAL COMMUNITIES

November 18, 2010

"Around 11 million people are now able to tune into community radio stations across the UK. This figure is up 17% year-on-year and an increase of more than a third (36%) since 2008, according to a new report by Ofcom. The Community Radio Annual Report provides a snapshot of community radio in the UK, which reveals a flourishing sector. Since the first station went live five years ago, a new community radio station has launched, on average, every 10 days. Today, a record 181 community stations are broadcasting and another 30 are preparing to take to the airwaves. Community radio stations typically cover a small geographical area with a coverage radius of up to 5km and are run on a not-for-profit basis. They serve a wide range of communities, targeting diverse audiences from rural to inner city areas with content ranging from community news and information to religious issues to experimental music and RnB, for example". Read more.

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