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November 30, 2011

Lest we forget community media

The Leveson Enquiry into the conduct of our national press has been a depressing and at times disturbing spectacle. But there is another part the ‘Fourth Estate’ that works to different set of principles and that’s the community owned media.  Community newspapers, television and radio – all working in their own ways to build community identity and spirit.  Scotland’s network of community radio stations is about to grow

Ofcom, in accordance with section 104(1) of the Broadcasting Act 1990 (“the 1990 Act”) (as amended by the Communications Act 2003 and as modified by the Community Radio Order 2004 and further modified by the Community Radio (Amendment) Order 2010), invites applications for licences to provide community radio services in localities within Scotland. This part of the United Kingdom is shown as Area 2 on the map in Annex 2 to this notice. These licences are being offered for the provision of services on either the FM (VHF) waveband or the AM (medium wave) band, for an initial maximum period of five years from the commencement of broadcasting.

No applications may be made in relation to any areas or localities in the United Kingdom outside Scotland.

The closing-date for the receipt of completed applications will be 5.00 p.m. on Tuesday 14 February 2012. A non-refundable fee of £600 will be payable for each application submitted and considered

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