Posted on 8th February 2018
Burgess Hill Radio awarded Ofcom Licence
Burgess Hill, Hurstpierpoint, Hassocks and Ditchling have been listening for the last 22 months to their own Community Radio Station Burgess Hill Radio via the internet. Now Ofcom have rewarded the station with a Community Radio FM Licence.
The station, which will shortly be moving to new studios in Church Walk, Burgess Hill has up to now only been available on the Internet. Following a successful application to Ofcom a licence to broadcast on FM has been granted and Burgess Hill Radio will soon be reaching out to the community with music, news, local event information and much more.
The station, which is a Community Interest Company and has no shareholders, was founded in 2016. Now, with a team of more than 20 volunteers, the station broadcasts 24 hours a day on the Internet with the support of several local businesses who advertise and sponsor programmes.
Donations from Burgess Hill District Lions and the Rotary Club have also helped to cover some of the costs involved in running the station.
Now, having been granted a licence the station is actively seeking funding for a transmitter and aerial which will cost around £10,000 to set up.
Programme Manager Steve Bird said, “We are absolutely delighted that Ofcom have seen fit to award us a licence, which is a tribute to the hard work and dedication of our volunteers and we look forward to providing Burgess Hill and the surrounding area with a truly local radio service”.
Station Manager Jerry Bradford said, “The licence award couldn’t have come at a better time, and together with the move to our new Church Walk studios we are very excited for the future. We now need to recruit more volunteers. It doesn’t matter if volunteers have no broadcast experience because we offer a comprehensive training package”.
Local businesses can advertise on the radio station and local groups, clubs and charities can promote their organisations and events free of charge.
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