No OFCOM bid for Glossop Community Radio

Glossop Community Radio has announced that it will not be applying for an OFCOM licence to become a broadcasting community radio station. OFFCOM were accepting licence applications this year for Glossop, and the local group, which started in 2012, hoped to have bolstered enough support to make an application. Alas, it wasn't to be and Glossop will have to make do with "local" radio stations from High Peak and Tameside.

High Peak Radio is one of the few independent commercial stations in England not owned by a large media group. Tameside Radio is  a community radio station that was acquired by social landlord New Charter Housing Trust in 2011. In 2012 New Charter also acquired the Glossop Chronicle, a paper which declined to publish any news about Glossop Community Radio and its ambitions. Despite a front page spread in the Buxton Advertiser, the group failed to attract sufficient support to make an OFCOM bid feasible, and with heavy hearts Glossop Community Radio admit defeat.

On behalf of Glossop Community Radio, chairman Lester Forbes thanks Harvey Gibbs for attending so many of the meetings, Ryan Martin for all his help, enthusiasm and support, Alison Chabloz for also being a constant presence, Simon Galloway for his Album Zone radio show, Tim Barnett for his GNE Football updates, Sekki Tabasuares for her fundraising efforts and a massive thank you to Steve Speake who without his help and constant support we would never have been able to pull off an event as massive as the Christmas Festival and all the other events he helped out with. Acta est fabula.

Maybe one day in the distant future Glossop will have its own radio station, until then you can listen and contribute to Glossop Community Radio online at glossopradio.org,

Money raised towards the OFCOM bid totalled £773.11, and after consulting members it was decided to donate this money to local groups, each of which will receive £96.63
Bare Necessities Glossop Food Bank
Derbyshire Carers Association
Glossop & Longdendale Archaeological Society
High Peak Women's Aid
Glossop & Hadfield MENCAP
Glossop Talking Papers
Haywill Animal Rescue
Longdendale and Glossop Footpath Preservation Society



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