Banbury FM, with the support of Banbury City Council, writes to DCMS requesting that an FM license be available in Banbury.
The online radio station, which applied for (but lost) a local FM license in 2005, says it would like to provide a local station to support the region.
Banbury’s local radio license was launched in 2006 as Touch FM, but was relaunched as Banbury Sound in 2009. It then reverted to the Touch brand before becoming Capital and eventually acquired by Global.
Councilors voted in favor of a motion put forward by Council Chief Kieron Mallon to send a letter to the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sports (DCMS) in support of Banbury FM’s plans.
Cllr Mallon said: “Banbury FM was born in 2001 with the aim of keeping residents informed and entertained with local news and information and to be a true reflection of life in North Oxfordshire.
“But in 2005, the license went to another broadcaster. Today that license is owned by a large media group which broadcasts a national brand from London, except for three hours on weekdays when a driving time broadcast comes to us from somewhere in Warwickshire. In my opinion, we are getting the minimum of local news and information as required by the terms of the license.
Cllr Mallon added: “Advisors have recognized that there is a big gap in the market for what they believe is a more authentic local radio station.”
Banbury FM is also working with other groups to secure a new local DAB multiplex license to be announced for the region over the next year.
This would allow Banbury FM, Radio Horton hospital station and Banbury United’s Puritans Radio to broadcast on digital radio.
Cllr Mallon said: “Councilors have supported Banbury FM’s plans which would allow local use and control of valuable radio frequencies for the benefit of the local community.”
He said: “Local radio is an important part of the social fabric of any community. It serves an important purpose – not only to entertain us when we travel or listen at home, but also to keep us up to date with local news and report on issues that matter to locals.
“It supports local businesses, promotes local events and increases people’s pride in their region.
“It seems to me that our city and its surroundings are poorly served by current broadcasters. A dedicated radio station for the people of North Oxfordshire is essential and we are keen to support Banbury FM where we can. “
Banbury FM is run by Adderbury-based professional broadcaster Andy Green.
He said: “I am delighted to have the support of Banbury City Council as we try to bring true local radio to the town and surrounding areas.
“I know from experience elsewhere – and our trials in 2001 and 2002 – what a positive difference a well-run local resort can make in supporting local charities, businesses and individuals, and promoting the wonderful region in which we are. let’s live.
“To date, Banbury has not gotten this service on traditional radio, but we hope this time the regulator will listen. Exciting times could be ahead.
It’s easy to broadcast travel information on your radio station, starting at £ 25 per month for online stations. See RadioTravelNews.com for more details and set up the same day.