February 22, 2021
Ofcom says that during the Covid-19 pandemic community radio stations have provided valuable local news and support to millions of people. However, many have also faced severe financial challenges. In response, the Government announced emergency funding to help them meet the costs of continuing to provide these vital services to local communities.
So far, 111 community radio stations have received financial grants totalling around £406,000. Due to the ongoing impact of Covid-19, an additional £200,000 was made available by the Government for a third funding round.
The Community Radio Fund Panel, which acts independently of Ofcom, has now awarded this extra funding to 53 community radio stations across the UK, in accordance with the strict eligibility criteria and guidance issued. Ofcom has published details on the Panel’s approach and reasoning in deciding which applications received funding. To read Ofcom’s announcement in full, click here.