New local radio station announced for the Ribble Valley
Ribble FM has today been awarded a five year FM radio licence by media regulator Ofcom.The community not-for-profit station will launch in 2015 and will be based in Clitheroe, serving surrounding towns and villages.
It will employ three members of staff and recruit dozens of volunteers to provide local programmes 24 hours a day.The team behind Ribble FM have been campaigning for a local radio station for a number of years and are delighted with the licence award: “Clitheroe and the Ribble Valley have missed out on a truly local radio station until now, and we aim to correct that.
"We’ll help bring the area even closer together with a strong emphasis on local content and popular classic hits,” says Ribble FM co-founder and Whalley resident Sophie Greenwood.Nigel Evans, MP, who has supported Ribble FM since day one, and previous attempts at bringing local radio to the area, is also pleased with the result: “I'm absolutely delighted that Ribble FM has been awarded the licence as this will give local people more information about their area, broadcast from their local community.”
Co-founder Roy Martin, who also set-up Blackburn’s local radio station The Bee, says: “Community radio enables local people to get involved with local radio, whilst maintaining a professional sound and affordable platform for local businesses to advertise direct to potential customers without any overspill.”Ribble FM and its Board of Trustees will now work towards launching the station by the end of 2015. Roy Martin adds: “We’ll be launching our online service soon whilst we look for premises to operate from, and start building the Ribble Valley’s first full time radio station.”