Community radio could return to district

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Community radio could return to our district if a group of broadcasters can gain a new licence.

A new company made up of experienced radio professionals is looking to apply to Ofcom for an FM radio licence to bring volunteer broadcasting back to our area.

The new station could fill the gap left by Diversity FM.

The station was operated by Lancaster YMCA for five years but came off air last April when funding was pulled from the project due to the recession.

“The closure of Diversity FM has left a gap in the provision of the type of radio programming we know local people want,” said Duncan Moore, CEO of Proper Community Media and former volunteer co-ordinator at Diversity.

“There is still a great deal of interest from the public in the style and content of radio that we delivered through Diversity FM.

“What we as an organisation are going to do is take the best of what Diversity FM had to offer, add to it with some new, innovative programming and develop it as a true community resource for the district.

“It will be a station that will reflect what the public want and we have already begun the consultation process. The results of that consultation will help shape our application to Ofcom.”

Proper Community Media is looking for suggestions for a name for the station. You can give your ideas by emailing

If you would like to make a donation to support the organisation, however small, please use the same email to make contact.