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Koast wins full licence while others miss out

Malcolm Macdonald with the team from Koast Radio in Ashington who are celebrating after being awarded with a FM licence. GM028397

Malcolm Macdonald with the team from Koast Radio in Ashington who are celebrating after being awarded with a FM licence. GM028397

A community radio station in Ashington is celebrating after being awarded an FM licence.

Koast Radio was granted the full licence from Ofcom, but other community stations – Synergy and Radio Northumberland – were unsuccessful with their applications.

Koast station director Vicky Oakley said: “I cannot tell you how proud I am of the team’s achievement and how grateful and humbled I have been by the support we have received.

“Thank you to all our listeners and supporters for their patience, continued support and feedback.

“We are really excited about this fantastic news.”

In granting the licence the Ofcom statement said: “Koast Radio will serve the town of Ashington and surrounding villages in south east Northumberland.

“The members of the applicant group have a good level of broadcasting and business and other relevant experience, as well as knowledge of the target area and audience.”

South Northumberland Radio Group (Synergy) chairman Colin Heathcote said: “We believe that the broadcasting service we provided did much to ease social isolation and meet the information needs of the communities and public at large in south east Northumberland.

“We wish Koast well in its endeavours in fulfilling its obligations to provide the type of community radio service the area deserves as the result of the award of a full-time licence.”

Radio Northumberland said despite missing out it was business as usual and it will continue to run online.

 

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