The idea for this new level of radio broadcasting was piloted by the regulator at the time, the Radio Authority in 2002 with the licensing of 15 Access Radio stations for a trial period of one year to test the feasibility of such stations.
The licences were extended in 2003 for a year. In 2004 a consultation was issued by the Authority's successor, Ofcom, on the creation of Community Radio. Next - an invitation to groups to apply for community radio licenses nationwide was issued. 106 stations were awarded licences, the first community radio station to be licensed was Forest of Dean community Radio, followed by youth-based Afan FM in Neath-Port Talbot and the first to go on-air was 103 In The Eye in Melton Mowbay. Forrest Of Dean closed its doors in 2009 through funding issues.
About SWINDON 105.5
SWINDON 105.5 is a non-commercial radio service in Swindon, by Swindon, for Swindon. Licensed by OFCOM as a Not For Profit community broadcasting organisation, with a specific Brief and funded by grants, donations, corporate support, fund-raising events and support in-kind.
We are the only locally-based station that's broadcasting 24 hours a day. We take no sustaining external service, unlike all other radio services in the region. We carried out a 4-week trial in 2006, applied for the licence in 2007 and launched in March 2008 with an initial five-year extendable licence and about 120 regular team members regularly involved.
Our Aim: is to run an effective, inclusive radio station that dares to be different to other stations serving the region. By providing a diverse and open access to the citizens of Swindon. Contributing to the promotion of cultural, spiritual, social and economic life of Swindon.
We have a totally different concept to others in the area. Presenters, admin and technical teams are volunteers learning new skills and sharing their knowledge and experience with others, at the same time as helping provide a radio service for Swindon, engaging with the local community.
We are a totally accessible, inclusive service for the town and provide training and volunteering opportunities.
We are members of Local Giving, this means that donations and Friends contributions made by clickin on the link on our home page are gift-aided - and occasionally are added to by a Local Giving initiative. The 2013-14 offer produced a positive resut for the Station.
Annual running costs: £35-£40,000
Ian Rowe: Chairman
Martin Kerr: Technical Manager
Nick Stevenson: Accountant
Marketing Director: to be appointed
Education/Training Director or Advisor/Director: currently sought
Note: Helen George remains as a Supporter currently.
Peter Clark: Director, Swindon Music Service
Martin Upfold : Volunteers' representative
John Flannigan: ex video/film production
Members have track records of working with and showing support for community projects and organisations and share a desire to provide a unique service, openly encouraging participation from people of all ages, cultures and abilities.
Station Manager and Trainer: Shirley Ludford Station Manager Broadcaster. PR. Media Trainer. (ex Community Cable TV, Commercial Radio, BBC Radio. Marketing)
To find out more abut joining our listening panel and feeding back on programming and Station activities, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our Contact Address:
The Bentley Centre
Swindon, SN1 2SH
We work with a wide range of community groups - helping develop good communication within the community.
To provide information and publicity for community groups and on local issues, or national issues with local implications or interest
To maintain impartiality of radio coverage in line with national broadcasting Code of Conduct
To build and maintain mutually beneficial partnerships with organisations in the Public, Voluntary and Business sectors i.e. education, media, employers, community groups
Development of strong links with educational establishments
A policy of open access and training for volunteers, in programme-making, working with individuals and community groups to ensure they best promote themselves, encouraging good communication and confidence in dealing with the media.