Chelmsford Community Radio has been awarded a license to broadcast on FM frequencies by OFCOM.
The announcement has come after months of waiting following the submission of an application in December 2014. OFCOM announced the awards of four new licenses in the East of England, of which CCR was one.
In making the award, OFCOM said “Chelmsford Community Radio will provide a locally-focused service for the general population of Chelmsford and the surrounding area. The BLC considered that the applicant had put forward a strong business plan, which included a significant level of secured funding for pre-launch and year one expenditure. In addition, the group had been broadcasting online since June 2013. As a result, the BLC considered that the applicant had demonstrated its ability to maintain the service (1a). The Committee also recognised that the applicant had good links to the local community through its connections with local community groups (1d), and already had a strong volunteer base (1g).”
We are hugely proud of being recognised like this after two years of online broadcasting, but rather than sit back and relax, we know this is where the real work starts!
On-Air director, Hal MacLean said: “I am really pleased the volunteers of CCR have finally been rewarded with an FM broadcasting licence; together we will continue with our long term plan to build a world class Broadcast Academy, and hopefully make Chelmsford the place the world once again turns to for the latest innovations with radio.”
Off-Air director, Matthew Eaves said: “Chelmsford Community Radio has two core purposes (1) to help people of all ages and abilities to experiment with broadcasting, and (2) to be a platform to showcase, share and celebrate the good things that are going on in and around Chelmsford; we do both in spades.”
Our thanks go to all of the volunteers and those helping in the background without whom we could not do what we do. Special mention to Cllr Jude Deakin and Graham Pooley who regularly seem to move mountains to help us!
With an imminent move to a new home, getting an FM license and continuing to provide as high a quality local service as we can, CCR has a lot to do. You could be part of that by joining the station – whilst live shows are all full, we always need volunteers to help out on other things.