Welcome to Issue #24 March 2019
Welcome to Issue #24 of Community Media News. In this edition, we have an update from Danny Lawrence, Chairman of the CMA with news about upcoming CMA activity. We share community updates from Harborough FM, the Shout Out radio show, and the upcoming launches of Carillon Radio serving West Leicestershire and Maritime Radio in Greenwich. And we have the CMA survey into BBC Local Radio.

We also share podcasts from Decentered Media on media democracy and InRadio on local radio. We have audio highlights from a panel discussion on the future of radio, Funding and Training updates and information on the National Diversity Awards and Resofit, a stand-up comedy gala for Resonance FM. For geeks, there's a podcast on how Guglielmo Marconi, the father of radio, was famously trolled by the mysterious moustachioed magician, Nevil Maskeleyne. And lastly, we have news of a declaration from the Council of Europe to ensure the financial sustainability of quality journalism

As usual, there's so much going on, so head over to the Chat Forum for a question raised by Sam at Leicester Community Radio asking "What sort of training do stations give new presenters?", a piece on advertising and community radio, an open call for content from Radiophrenia, a history of experimental radio from the Third Coast Festival, a follow-up on the Civil Society Futures report, an update on the Cairncross review into local news media, a free course on verifying online information and of course much more.

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Strategy & Policy Updates

Update from Danny Lawrence, CMA Chairman

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Dear Friends, Supporters, & Colleagues

I am writing as the current Chairman of the Community Media Association having been elected to the role in January. And I thought I would take this opportunity to let you know some of the things that we have been working on at the CMA and what we are planning for this year.

First, shortly we will be sending out to all members and community radio stations a Community Media Wall Planner to cover the financial year 2019/2020. The planner features the ten principles of the Community Media Charter which members of the CMA are asked to support.

The planner also lists the anniversary dates of all community radio stations listed as broadcasting on Ofcom's website, correct at the end of last month. If you do have any corrections to make, please send them to for next year's planner.

We have also diarised a number of social action days such as World Radio Day and International Women's Day which we hope you will find useful. Huge thanks to our sponsors and to DCMS who helped make this happen.

Read more here [PDF].

Community Media Association BBC English Regions Survey

The Community Media Association has a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with BBC English Regions and strives to improve the working relationship between BBC English Regions and the community radio sector. The CMA asked its members and other community radio stations about their relationship with BBC Local Radio and whether they would like to improve their relationship with BBC Local Radio. The results of that consultation have been presented here.
Community Updates
A visually-impaired radio presenter has realised a life-long dream presenting a regular day-time show on Harborough FM. Presenter Becca Robertson said: “I have always absolutely loved radio but never thought I would be able to do it, not just because of my blindness but self-confidence too. “I used to record things in my bedroom when I was younger, pretending to be on the radio, and never in my wildest dreams did I ever think I would be hosting one of flagship shows on Hfm.”
Chris Jones, Programme Controller at Hfm, said: “Becca has done a great job over the years presenting at weekends and I am excited at the prospect of her warm, bubbly style coming to weekday afternoons. We are all very proud of her achievements."
Listen to Becca presenting the Home-Run on 102.3fm in South Leicestershire and North Northamptonshire and online.
Image: Becca and her guide dog Jolly.

Shout Out For Shout Out!

ShoutOut is a community run magazine-style radio show for the LGBT+ community in the South West & Wales. Made at Bristol community radio station BCfm, the award-winning show covers everything from the serious subjects to the silly and daft! Weekly live guests, 'what's on' listings and current national and international LGBT+ news makes it one of the most popular LGBT+ radio shows in the area. The team works hard throughout the year researching the content they deliver as well as interacting with their own and other communities.

You are invited to celebrate the official launch of Carillon Wellbeing Radio

When: Tuesday 19th March 2019, 6pm – 7.30pm
Where: Hermitage FM Community Coffee Lounge, Memorial Square, Coalville, Leicestershire LE67 3TU

Running Order
  • 6pm - Arrival and Light Refreshments
  • 6.30pm - Welcome and Presentations
Please confirm your attendance as soon as possible and advise of any specific requirements you have by emailing
For venue details please see

Invitation to Maritime Radio Launch Event, Sat 30th April

It's been a few years in the making but now community radio station Maritime Radio is about to launch!

To mark the occasion the station is celebrating on Saturday 20th April at 12 noon at Shrewsbury House, SE18 3EG and all are welcome. Hopefully, the sun will be shining but, just in case, there'll be food and drink inside. Parking is limited, but there is also free on-street parking available nearby. If you can't join them on the day, don't forget you can listen to your Maritime Radio whenever you like on 96.5FM throughout the Royal Borough of Greenwich, on the TuneIn app and via the website.
Podcasts & Other Audio

Decentered Podcast 022 – Media Democracy

This final podcast in a series recorded at the Documentary Media Centre gave John Coster, Jurian Visser and Rob Watson a chance to explore some of their thinking about media democracy and the way that community media works as an alternative to mainstream media. Thanks to John for hosting these discussions over the last six weeks.

The Latest InRadio Podcast with Dom Chambers

InRadio is a regular podcast with features and interviews for anyone who wants to work in radio, or already does, in the UK and beyond. Host Dom Chambers is a well-known advocate of community media. The show was previously known as The Third Sector but has expanded in recent times to cover all ways to enter and work in radio and build media skills.

The latest podcast is called "Local Radio at the heart of community: 2000 miles, 20 stations, 2 dudes in a pic & 1 World Radio Day". Listen on Audioboom here.

Sounding Out: Is Radio Dead

Is radio dead? Recent Rajar figures show that 16 to 24-year olds are listening to the radio less and less as the years tick by, and radio is competing against the big streaming services for their listening attention. BBC Director of Radio & Music, Bob Shennan, has acknowledged that radio needs to reinvent itself to stay alive while others have been more blunt, saying radio as we know it has just 10 years left.

Listen to highlights from two panels commissioned by the British Council: three short clips from a session about radio today and the extended highlights from a session about podcasting and storytelling are available on Soundcloud here.

These sessions are a must-listen for anyone looking for tips on how to get into the world of radio today, what you need to succeed and anyone who wants to know more about creating a successful podcast and the key role of storytelling in successful audio today.
Events & Campaigns

Nominations Now Open for The National Diversity Awards 2019

The National Diversity Awards is a prestigious black-tie event to celebrate the amazing achievements of grassroots communities tackling the issues in today’s society, and giving them recognition for their dedication and hard work.

Charities, role models and community heroes will be honoured at the ceremony showcasing their outstanding devotion to enhancing equality, diversity and inclusion; thus embracing the excellence of all our citizens irrespective of race, faith, religion, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, disability and culture.

These awards are for people who inspire other individuals through their work, through their commitment to helping others, through their infectious personalities and through adversity. To find out more and to nominate click here.

Comedy Gala Fundraiser for Resonance FM

Don't miss RESOFIT, the fund-raising gala comedy night for Resonance FM organised by Stewart Lee. The evening will feature a host of diverse comedy stars including Simon Munnery, Tony Law, Dana Alexander, Patrick Monahan, Naz Osmanoglu and, of course, Stewart Lee himself... Plus a VIP celebrity raffle! It's on Monday 25 March 2019 at 7pm at the newly refurbished Bloomsbury Theatre, 15 Gordon Street, London, WC1H 0AH.
Get your Resofit tickets online here.

Funding Training & Awards

The Bright Ideas Fund supports new community business ideas through the start-up and planning stages, with tailored business support, to the implementation stage with grants of up to £15,000.

The Bright Ideas Fund application is now open and will close on Tuesday 9 April 2019. For information on how to apply and future funding rounds click here.

The Bright Ideas Fund is funded by Power to Change, the independent trust supporting community businesses in England, and delivered by Locality, the national network for community organisations, in partnership with Co-operatives UK, the Plunkett Foundation and Groundwork UK.

Breaking Into News Competition

Media Trust's Breaking into News initiative, run in partnership with ITV News, invites you to come up with, write and create your own news story about a local issue that you're passionate about.

The competition was launched in 2011 with the aim of increasing diversity in UK broadcast journalism. Now in its eighth year, the programme has grown and many previous finalists and winners are now working in newsrooms up and down the country.

Breaking into News is open to all and is aimed at those with limited to no experience in broadcast journalism.

Applications close on Friday 5 April 2019. Finalists will be notified by Thursday 2 May 2019. Visit the website here to find out how to enter.

Essential  Radio Skills Workshop - Bristol, 31st March
Booking is now open for the second Essential Radio Skills Workshop with Sony Award-winning radio presenter Miranda Rae at Ujima Radio in Bristol on Sunday 31st March 2:00 - 4:30 pm. This is a unique opportunity to learn what is like to produce, present and engineer a live radio show. Workshop fee £50. Contact Miranda at for further details and how to book. Follow Miranda on Twitter: @MirandaTheWord

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Online Resources for Charities
Are you considering becoming a Trustee of a charity, or is your organisation looking to appoint new Trustees? The Charity Commission for England and Wales has a comprehensive Trustees Welcome Pack resource on its website to guide you through what you need to consider, what you need to do and what your responsibilities are as a Trustee. To find out more click here.

The Small Charities Coalition also has an online resource for anyone thinking of setting up a charity. Called The Simple Guide for Setting Up a Charity, this guide will steer you through the logistics in simple steps – from that initial idea to when you reach an income of £1 million or more (if you want to) and use your experience to support other small charities in the coalition. For more information visit the Small Charities Coalition website here.

Deadline Extended - Still Time To Win An Award for Your Charity!

The deadline for the FSI Small Charity Big Impact Awards has been extended until the 21st March!

Don't miss this opportunity to highlight the work you do and the impact you make on a local, national and international level! There are 15 prizes up for grabs, with one winner, one runner up and one highly commended organisation in each of our five income categories! The 5 winners will benefit from a prize package including a professional film all about their organisation, plus a bespoke impact audit. All 10 runners up and highly commended will also receive films about their charity. Check out the winners' videos from last year.

Winners will be announced on Small Charity Big Impact Day - 21st June 2019.

Apply to win an award for your charity now before 21st March.

For full criteria details, rules, prizes and to apply, see the Small Charity Week website.

The Young ARIAS 2019 - Entries Close 18th March

The Young ARIAS are the new UK awards for 8 to 18-year-olds and schools who love making audio. If you’re involved in radio, podcasts or audio projects, then this is a chance to shine a spotlight on your talent.

Entering is simple and best of all free. They need a 10-minute audio compilation of the best bits of radio/audio you’ve made, to showcase what you’ve got.

Entries close on 18th March.


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Techie Corner

Marconi & The Maskelyne Affair

Learn about how Guglielmo Marconi - the beloved, hated, disputed inventor of radio - was trolled by Nevil Maskeleyne, the moustached magician, in the world’s first ever, wireless, grey-hat hack in the Malicious Life podcast here.
International News

Ensuring the Financial Sustainability of Quality Journalism

The Council of Europe has called on its 47 member states to ensure the financial sustainability of quality journalism, taking into account that it is a public good and plays an essential role for individuals to be able to form and express their opinions and make informed choices about government and society.

The recently adopted Declaration encourages states to put in place a regulatory and policy framework that facilitates the operation of quality journalism, while not constraining media outlets’ editorial and operational independence. Read the full article on the Council of Europe website here.

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