Salaam Radio and Peterborough FM to hit city airwaves as Ofcom approve five-year licences

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Two Peterborough radio stations have been granted full-time FM licences by regulator Ofcom.

Peterborough FM and Salaam Radio were granted five-year licences yesterday, Wednesday June 17.

Peterborough FM have already been broadcasting online for a number of years and Ofcom were satisfied the station had the relevant experience to maintain its proposed service for the duration of the licence.

Awarding the licence the regulator said: “The Committee felt that the Peterborough FM service, particularly the provision of programming by various communities of interest, would be clearly distinctive in relation to existing services and would broaden choice for listeners in the area.”

Salaam Radio will be a service for the Muslim population of Peterborough. The service will be speech-led, although there will also be a significant amount of religious devotional music and world music.

Ofcom’s Broadcast Licensing Committee considered that the applicant would provide a relevant service covering religious matters, as well as other issues of interest to the target community that is not currently being delivered by the existing range of local radio services.

On awarding the licence a statement from Ofcom read: “The Committee also considered that the service had the potential to bring clear social gain benefits to an underserved community.

“The committee also noted that the station has support from the local Muslim community, as well as the others from the Peterborough community at large.

“Furthermore, it was considered that Salaam Radio’s projected funding was realistic given the support it had received from numerous Asian businesses in Peterborough.”

A third application for a licence from Radio Peterborough Ltd, was turned down.