Phoenix FM has been granted an extension of its full-time broadcasting license by Ofcom. The extension takes the station’s broadcast license up to 22 March 2017. Phoenix FM launched as full-time radio station on 23 March 2007 after 12 temporary broadcasts spanning back to 1996.
Ofcom awards license extensions to community radio stations based on a number of ‘key commitments’ they must adhere to. These commitments require the station to feature individuals who are otherwise underserved in the community, to provide training to those not employed by the station and strengthen links within the community.
Over the last five years, since its first full-time broadcast, Phoenix FM has featured in its programming local charities, community groups, local bands and artists, local sports teams and local political groups. The station has provided numerous work experience placements, offered programme slots to local schools and has provided broadcasting master classes to local people. Phoenix FM also regularly provides indoor and outdoor PA services to local school and charity events.
Phoenix FM’s chairman, Paul Golder, says: “We’re delighted to have been awarded a licence extension. Our hard-working team of volunteers have established great roots with dozens of community groups, charities and local artists in our first five years of full-time broadcasting. Ofcom’s announcement is not only a great reward but also an incentive to move onto bigger and better things”.