The first three stations in the Radio Authority's access radio pilot scheme have begun broadcasting, with another 12 due to go on air later this year, writes Leigh Holmwood.
The stations are the first of 15 short-listed by the authority in August.They include Stoke Christian service Cross Rhythms City Radio, Bradford Community Broadcasting, aimed at local disadvantaged groups and Angel Community Radio in Hampshire for the over-60s.The stations have been given one-year licences on spare local radio frequencies for not-for-profit activities. If the pilots prove a success, the Radio Authority will push for the scheme to be made permanent.Radio Authority chairman Richard Hooper said: 'This is a ground-breaking moment. If successful, it could lead to a new tier of stations across the UK.'