A Community radio license for the Coleraine area has been awarded by Ofcom.
Coast FM will serve students and young people in Coleraine. Ofcom was satisfied that the applicant put forward a range of social gain objectives which were appropriate for the target community (for example, providing a forum for discussion for young people and students on subjects such as drugs awareness and sexual health. The applicant had carried out quantitative and qualitative research which helped demonstrate demand and support for the proposed service.
It had used its research to help formulate its plans to cater for the tastes and interests of the target community.
The service will be licensed for a period of five years from the date of their launch, on FM.
Speaking to Causeway Coast Community this morning Claire Sugden MLA said “I am delighted Ofcom has awarded Coast FM a radio license for a new community radio station aimed at students and young people on the North Coast.
Coast FM is for and will be run by students and young people. As well as engaging young people through local radio; they are providing work experience and training opportunities for those interested in broadcast media.
Students and young people are the future; their contribution to our community is important and necessary. I wish them every success with the new radio station.”