Community radio stations provide a new voice for hundreds of local communities across the UK. Fuelled by the hard work and enthusiasm of volunteers, they reflect a diverse mix of cultures and interests and provide a rich mix of mostly locally-produced content.
They run on a not-for-profit basis and bring community benefits such as training and community news and discussion. Below you will find an overview of community radio, as well as the resources you need for the application process. (There is further information in the stakeholders section of our website.)
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Want to know more about community radio and how to apply for a licence? Check out this Ofcom guide which explains more about the process.
The resources you need to apply for a community radio licence, including guidance on the process, a downloadable application form and news on the latest licensing round. There is also an archive of past licensing rounds.
For licensees: Information on how to apply to extend your licence or amend your ‘key commitments’.
This section includes a list of community stations, as well as a map showing the UK’s community radio services. You can also look at previous awards of community radio licences.
A sample licence