Welcome to Issue #30 August 2019
Welcome to Community Media News August 2019. Some highlights in this edition include more details on the 2019 Community Media Conference on 28th September at BBC MediaCityUK in Salford and we also have news about a follow-on workshop the day after the Conference on citizen journalism which is free to attend.

There is news about the Community Radio Now & Next event and the Community Radio Awards in Barry, Wales in October. The CMA seeks expressions of interest in a training day at Sky News in the Autumn for which a small travel grant may now be available.

We update you on the Parliamentary proceedings with regard to Small-Scale DAB which was debated in both the Commons and the Lords last month. And Ofcom has an open consultation on regulating SSDAB for which the CMA seeks your views.

BCfm Radio suffered a big fire recently and has launched a crowdfunder campaign to get the station back on its feet. And Future Radio has launched the UK's first vegan radio show. Congratulations to Kelly at Unity FM in Southampton who has been awarded an honorary doctorate from Solent University. News from Radio Verulam and a fantastic video about Hermitage FM and Carillon Wellbeing Radio. Huntingdon Community Radio has incorporated the Pride flag colours into the station's logo.

We have a dazzling array of podcasts from Decentered Media, inRadio, and the Arukha Network. And there's more - you'll have to scroll down and find the goodies in Tech Corner.

As always, check the Chat Forum for more news and information that we couldn't squeeze in here such as a survey of community news outlets in England.

Have a story about your community radio station or community media project to share? Email your news, press releases, event details and stories to
Events & Training

This year's Community Media Conference is at Quay House, BBC MediaCityUK in Salford on Saturday 28th September. The theme of this year's Conference is "We Need To Talk" to recognise that the community media sector needs to talk to Government, to funders, and to the wider media industry to ensure that our voice is heard.

Click here for an overview of the key themes addressed by the Conference, the outline agenda, and to book your place for what will be an inspiring and informative day.
Tickets are £25 per person and include lunch and refreshments. To book click here.

The Community Media Association is delighted to partner with BBC MediaCityUK to programme this citizen journalism workshop event for the community media sector which is free to attend with refreshments and lunch provided.

10:45 - Arrival, registration, tea and coffee, networking
11:00 - Welcome & Introduction
11:15 - Workshop with Amanda Eleftheriades-Sherry of ClydesiderMag
12:15 - TBC*
13:15 - Lunch and networking
14:15 - TBC*
15:15 - Next steps: how can academia work better with the community media sector: Eleanor Shember-Critchley (Manchester Metropolitan University).
16:15 - Finish

*To Be Confirmed - these items will be practical workshops related to citizen journalism and community media.

Free booking here.

Location map: Quay House, BBC MediaCityUK, Salford Quays, Salford M50 2BH

This project is supported by The National Lottery Community Fund.

The Radio Hub in association with the Local Radio Alliance and Bro Radio 98.1fm presents Community Radio: Now & Next 2019, a day of networking, presentations and debate to share good practice in community broadcasting that inspires us towards sustainable future growth. Audiences are increasingly finding that their community radio station is the local radio for their area. These are exciting, but at the same time challenging, times. This event explores and highlights who is doing what to help meet the challenges we face and build on the successes achieved. The day is free to attend but you will need a ticket so we can prepare numbers for catering. The Radio Hub is providing refreshments and lunch. All you need to do is bring great ideas and leave with even greater ones. This event is now sold out but for the waiting list click here.

The 2019 Community Radio Awards will be coming to Barry, South Wales, in October. The awards will be held at the Memo Arts Centre on Saturday 26th October after ‘Community Radio Now and Next’ at YMCA Barry.

Expressions of Interest: Sky News Training

The Community Media Association has partnered with Internews to conduct a quick survey to gauge interest in a free one-day training session with Sky News in London. The training venue will be at Sky News and will involve two trainers on the day. There will also be a tour of the facilities at Sky Studios in Brentford. It is expected that this training session will take place in the Autumn. A grant for reasonable travel and overnight accommodation costs might now be available.

Please complete this short form to indicate your interest in this potential event:

The ARIAS Are Moving to London
The 36th annual celebration of the Audio and Radio Industry Awards (ARIAS) will take place in London’s West End in early 2020. The ceremony will see 23 awards handed out, with recognition for presenters, production teams, podcasts and radio stations. These will include the inaugural John Myers Award for Local Radio Station of the Year, named after the visionary pioneer of local radio, who died suddenly earlier this year. For the first time, the ARIAS will also include a public vote category for Moment Of The Year. Radio Academy members will be invited to nominate their favourite pieces of audio, and a shortlist of ten will be put to the general public ahead of the ceremony.

Entries for the ARIAS will be open from 1st October to 5 November and entrants in the first week will benefit from a special reduced early bird entry fee. Tickets for the awards will go on sale shortly afterwards. Check out the Categories for the 2020 ARIAS here
Strategy & Policy Updates
Parliament Debates Small-Scale DAB
The draft Small-scale Radio Multiplex and Community Digital Radio Order 2019 was debated in Parliament last month which will usher in a new era of digital radio broadcasting for community radio and small commercial broadcasters. You can watch the Commons proceedings here from 16th July. And you can view the Lords debate on 23rd July on Parliament TV here and the Hansard link is here.
Licensing SSDAB Consultation – Have your Say

Small-scale DAB is a new way of transmitting digital radio that uses advances in software and low-cost computer technology to provide a flexible and inexpensive approach to the terrestrial broadcast of digital radio services to a relatively small geographic area. Ofcom's trials demonstrated that small-scale DAB can provide a robust and reliable means for small analogue stations to broadcast on digital, as well as for entrants wishing to launch new radio services on a digital terrestrial platform. How should Ofcom exercise its new powers and duties being proposed by Government?

To read the Ofcom consultation document click here.  Ofcom’s consultation ends on 4th October so please get your response to the CMA using the form below by Friday 21st September.

Online survey here.

Community Radio Fund End-of-Year Report

The Community Radio Fund end-of-year report 2018-19 (PDF, 183.7 KB) has been submitted to the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) and is available on the Ofcom website and by clicking on the document link above. This document reports on how the Community Radio Fund was administered in 2018/19. Ofcom is tasked by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) with administering the Community Radio Fund. DCMS provides a sum of money each year for the Fund and grants are awarded to Ofcom-licensed community radio stations. The report sets out how much money was given out as grants, which stations received grants and for what purposes grants were awarded.

More Diversity Required in Radio Industry - Ofcom Report

People from minority ethnic backgrounds, disabled people and women at a senior level remain under-represented in UK radio, according to Ofcom’s second major study of the industry’s diversity.

Ofcom’s annual report, Diversity and Equal Opportunities in Radio, covers nearly 9,000 staff across 16 companies, with particular focus on the three main radio broadcasters an Ofcom podcast the BBC, Bauer and Global. Read the media release on the Ofcom website here.

Community Updates

BCfm crowdfunder after studio fire

On Thursday 8 August, a fire broke out in the main studio of BCfm Radio burning crucial equipment and taking them off-air during a live broadcast. Initial thoughts are that that the fire was caused by an electrical fault but this is yet to be confirmed. 

BCfm has set up a crowdfunding campaign which they hope will raise enough money to replace and rebuild the studio in Easton, Bristol. They have managed to get back on air thanks to the skills of their talented team but it will be some time before the station is back to full strength with an accessible studio for volunteer presenters. 

Show your support for BCfm Radio donating, even a small amount, via the crowdfunding page here

 'Most Vegan-Friendly City' To Launch UK's First Vegan Radio Show
Norwich, which was recently named Britain's most vegan-friendly city, is to launch a vegan radio show dubbed Future Vegan. Broadcast every other Thursday and then repeated on Saturdays, Future Vegan will air on the community radio station Future Radio covering the 'latest vegan news and topical issues'. The radio show, which claims to be the first of its kind in the UK, will also play music exclusively from vegan artists, so expect to hear the likes of MacKa B and Erykah Badu floating across the airwaves.

Image: Future Vegan radio presenters (L-R) Laura Richardson and Ben Tonks and Vegan news reporter Emily Moore. Picture: Future Radio
Unity 101 Station Manager Awarded Honorary Degree
Ram Kalyan ‘Kelly’, Station Manager at Southampton Community Radio Station Unity 101 has been awarded an honorary degree of Doctor of Arts by Solent University. Educated in Nairobi and England, Kelly started working in the media industry while at college. He has now been running Unity 101, the leading ethnic community radio station in the south of England, for over seventeen years. His passion and enthusiasm for radio as well as community cohesion is extraordinary and he is involved in many different projects, working closely with Hampshire Constabulary, the NHS and local schools, as well as providing training and development for many young Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) people in the city.

Commenting on his award, Kelly said: “Unity 101 is all about bringing people together, sharing cultures and providing platforms for growth for young people of all backgrounds. Receiving this award is such an honour and I will continue making a difference through my work.”

Radio Verulam Volunteer Wins RTS Young Technologist Award

Radio Verulam volunteer, Lawrence Card has been named the winner of the Royal Television Society's Young Technologist Award!

As well as volunteering at Radio Verulam, Lawrence has spent the last two years on the BBC Broadcast Engineer Trainee graduate scheme, working towards his MSc in Broadcast Engineering. Lawrence, who is based in St Albans, said "I'm delighted to have won this award. I originally got involved with Radio Verulam to allow me to continue developing and applying my skills in radio broadcast technology and IT, with the added bonus of benefiting the community I live in. Being a part of Radio Verulam as a volunteer I feel, has been a big contributor to me achieving the RTS Young Technologist of the Year Award.”

Nick Hazell, Chairman at Radio Verulam, said: ‘ We are very proud and fortunate to have Lawrence as part of the team. He is an innovative thinker and we will continue to support him, and all our volunteers, to grow and develop, in any way we can. Radio Verulam relies almost exclusively on volunteers and every single one of these talented individuals is crucial to our existence and future.”

For opportunities to work in partnership with Radio Verulam visit or email on

The development of Hermitage FM & Carillon Wellbeing Radio
Congratulations to Hermitage FM which celebrates 10 years of broadcasting this year. Born out of hospital radio and launched in  November 2009, the community broadcaster for North West Leicestershire is supported by a community café to provide a stable income stream. Carillon Wellbeing Radio is a new radio project for the area broadcasting on AM and is a sister community radio station to Hermitage FM. Check out the development video here.

Vectis Radio, the Isle of Wight’s community radio station, conquered a big technical challenge to enable Island people to take part in a conference workshop… in Sheffield!

Age UK Isle of Wight hosted a session in the city recently about its work with the Southern Vectis bus company to make bus travel more accessible for older people. Age UK wanted local people involved in the service to be able to join in, so they approached Vectis Radio, who got straight to work setting up a link to the conference workshop room in Sheffield direct to a system in the courtyard outside the VR studio at the Riverside Centre. Check out the full story on Isle of Wight online newspaper here.

Huntingdon's community radio station HCR104FM is acknowledging the efforts of all its volunteers by adding a splash of colour to its logo for the rest of the summer. Like some national and local organisations around this time of year, HCR is adopting the Pride flag colours, usually associated with the LGBT community. The revised logo will be on display at their Saxongate studios, and will also be used in communications and on social media platforms until the end of August. Station manager Bill Hensley says, "We are an inclusive group, and we wanted to reflect this in our station branding. What we're doing celebrates the many different backgrounds and cultures represented at HCR104fm. You could also say it's a sign of the pride we all share in producing truly local radio for Huntingdonshire,". If you'd like to get involved as a volunteer at HCR104fm, please contact Bill Hensley
Funding, Campaigns & Awards

The Bright Ideas Fund application is now open until 30 September.

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. Funded by Power to Change, the £3.2m Bright Ideas fund gives community groups the early-stage finance they need to work with local people to develop a community business idea the community wants and needs. It also gives them support and tools to start setting up their community businesses. The funding programme is delivered by Locality in partnership with Co-operatives UK, the Plunkett Foundation and Groundwork UK. To read the funding criteria and find out how to apply, visit

BBC Today Show - Student Journalism Awards

BBC Radio 4's Today Student Journalism Awards are now open. There are 6 categories including Student Journalist of the Year with the prize of a paid position on the BBC News Journalism Trainee Scheme and Student Visual and Photo Journalist of the Year, with a winning prize of a work experience placement with the Today Programme team in London, or elsewhere in the UK if you’d prefer. Entries close on 31 August. Read about all the categories, prizes and T&Cs on the BBC Today website here Image: BBC Today Programme.
The Queen's Award for Voluntary Service
The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service is the highest award given to volunteer groups across the UK. Any group of two or more people doing volunteering work can be nominated for the award. The majority of the group must be volunteers, and more than half the volunteers must have the right to live in the UK. Nominations for the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service are made online here. Read how to make a nomination here and submit your nomination by midnight on 13 September 2019 to make sure your group is considered for the 2020 awards. You must be independent of the group you’re nominating. Read the guidance notes before making your nomination. Image: Queens Award for Voluntary Service

Future News Pilot Fund Launched

Backed by the UK Government and run by Nesta, the £2 million Future News Fund will back promising technologies, models and ideas so communities across the UK have access to reliable and accurate news about the issues that matter most to them. Applications won’t open until autumn 2019 but click here to read more about what the fund could mean for the sector, what you can expect and how you can get involved at this stage.

Podcast, Audio & Digital
Decentered Media Podcasts
This month we bring you four podcasts from Dr Rob Watson of Decentered Media. Rob recently visited Leicestershire County Council to talk with Sabrina Malik and Lorna Dellow about their work with Carillon Wellbeing Radio, and the way local councils and health services might be able to work more closely with community media organisations. Listen to podcast #35 here

Rob chats over Skype with Sean Dagan Wood, the editor of Positive News. They discuss the bias of negative news stories and what the benefits of a social and values-driven model of news are. Sean explained what a constructive news model is, and why it is important to think about our responsibilities when working as a journalist. Listen to podcast #36 here.

Digital inclusion is a hot topic with policy-makers and social organisations who seek to deal with the challenges of making sure we are an inclusive society - one that is based on shared principles of good citizenship, community cohesion and meaningful engagement. Rob chats with Professor Simeon Yates of the University of Liverpool about the Digital Motivations report that he co-authored with Good Things FoundationListen to podcast #37 here.

There is a growing sense that community radio can help improve the well-being and health of our communities. Nigel Dallard and Rob chat about his experience with Winchester Radio. This distinctive community radio station grew out of hospital radio but has recently moved on to champion better engagement with people who live in the City of Winchester through promoting and supporting a range of health and well-being activities. Listen to podcast #38 here.

inRadio Conversations - the passion for radio informing social action

The latest InRadio podcast from Dom Chambers is a conversation with Miranda Rae on Ujima Radio 98fm. It heads in the direction of the social benefits of community radio beyond the broadcast.
Ofcom Launches the 'Making Sense of Media Network'
Ofcom is launching a Making Sense of Media Network, to bring together organisations and individuals with expertise in media literacy to work towards a shared goal of improving the online skills, knowledge and understanding of UK adults and children. Ofcom wants to collaborate with you to determine how the media literacy activities we are all undertaking might best work together. They also want to use their research as a foundation for developing the most effective media literacy interventions. They want the network to build and share evidence of UK adults’ and children’s understanding and use of electronic media, alongside Ofcom’s new Making Sense of Media Advisory Panel. Read more on the Chat Forum herePhoto by Igor Miske on Unsplash
Pirate Radio in the Age of the Internet
Originally derived from the offshore setups that bootlegged transmissions from rigs and boats throughout the seas, Pirate radio spread unlicensed broadcasts directly to listeners back on land. Famously, stations like Radio Caroline and Radio London – the latter of which gave the infamous John Peel his radio break – sprung up throughout the 1960s. Read this interesting opinion piece on 'Pirate Radio in the Age of Internet' here
Image © BSSDRP 2019

Digital Help Desk for Reporters Security

To protect journalists against online threats, Reporters Without Borders has launched a digital help desk providing guidance and support to journalists all over the world on digital security, encryption, anonymization, account security and a professional approach to dealing with hate speech and fake news. 

To read more about this free resource read the article on here.  Explore the Helpdesk at
Stronger Journalism Through Shared Power - Report
'Stronger journalism through shared power' reports on key lessons and tips from European news organisations that build and share power with their communities to create value and financial resilience. The report includes:
  • 18 tips on how to go about creating and sharing power with your community
  • Case studies from the BBC, Bureau Local, Birmingham Mail, OpenDemocracy and New Internationalist
  • More examples and approaches from our Accelerator workshop in Birmingham earlier this year.
It also looks at how Accelerator grantees and other community-driven organisations are building power inside and outside of their own organisations to make engagement integral to their day-to-day work.

Read more about the report, written by Fiona Morgan, on the Engaged Journalism website here and download the report here.
Image: Participants at the Accelerator workshop in Birmingham, March 2019

The 'How To Build Community' Podcast Available to Broadcast for Free

Jake Lloyd is an ex-BBC news producer who now works with the Arukah Network: a support network for people who work in community development. Jake makes a podcast called How To Build Community where he interviews the people behind exciting, innovative community projects or ideas across the globe. In each interview, Jake tells a good story, but also uncovers simple ways that listeners can make their community a happier and healthier place. Some highlights include the unbeaten female local football coach whose biggest successes are happening off the pitch; the founder of an international network of barbers that provides a space for men to talk about their mental health; the Muslims and Christians in Sierra Leone who united to bring an end to Ebola and the civil war. The podcast has listeners in over 50 countries and is now freely available to broadcast on community radio stations in Africa and the UK. For info download the ' How to Build Community' PDF here
Tech Corner
The Complete List of Alternatives to all Google Products
With growing concerns over online privacy and securing personal data, more people than ever are considering alternatives to Google products. After all, Google’s business model essentially revolves around data collection and advertisements, both of which infringe on your privacy. But the word is getting out. A growing number of people are seeking alternatives to Google products that respect their privacy and data. This Guide aims to be the most exhaustive resource available for documenting alternatives to Google product. Photo by Dayne Topkin on Unsplash.
Free Online Photo Editor
This is an awesome free alternative to Photoshop that works in a web browser, can open pretty much any graphic file and save it out as a Photoshop file. Even works on a phone. Link.
Radio For All - Future Gazing from 1922!
The image above is from Hugo Gernsback’s Radio For All, published in 1922. It’s supposed to depict 1972. As ever, it highlights that futurists (of which Gernsback was certainly one) always overestimate the rate of change. The link here not only links to the image, but to his section on “The Future of Radio” - it is, of course, about radio technology rather than radio programming. 

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