[NEWS UPDATE] Ofcom awards Paisley FM a Community Radio License.
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Paisley FM intends to serve the communities as published in the Ofcom (Office of Communications) invitation to apply, namely: Paisley, Renfrew and Johnstone and surroundings parts of Renfrewshire. These areas are as stated in the application document.
On Thursday 1 February 2018, Ofcom announced that Paisley FM (2017) Ltd., has been awarded an FM radio broadcasting licence to serve Paisley and Renfrewshire.
It is the intention to serve the entire population of the Renfrewshire Council local government authority area.
The 2015 population for Renfrewshire is 174,560 with the main town being Paisley with a total population of 74,640. Paisley is the administrative headquarters of Renfrewshire Council. Paisley is defined by its population size and by its history, culture, tradition, sporting achievements, architectural heritage and shared sense of community.
Renfrew, three miles from Paisley town centre has a population of 21,854 and Johnstone, again three miles from Paisley centre has a population of 15,687 [2011 census]. Therefore, the three main towns of Paisley, Renfrew and Johnstone have a total population of 112,181.
Paisley FM (2017) Limited is a company limited by guarantee and without share capital for the purposes of applying for the Ofcom broadcasting licence A legal entity can only apply to Ofcom for a broadcasting licence.
Paisley FM is a team of people from Renfrewshire who have years of experience of working in the local community radio, commercial radio and national BBC Radio. Together they intend to bring a unique service to the community of Paisley and Renfrewshire.
The application to broadcasting regulator Ofcom which lodged shortly before the closing date for applications on 27 July 2017. Ofcom has made a decision on award of licence on Thursday 1 February 2017. All going well with funding and the new studio build, it is the intention to launch Paisley FM during the summer of 2018.
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