Ofcom has officially announced the award of a Community Radio License, in Manchester, as one of seven in the whole of the North West.
The British Muslim Heritage Centre’s application for their Heritage Community Radio project stood out as a clear winner, in being able to provide a station that will reflect the needs and interests of its audience, with demonstrable experience of excellent community engagement during their Radio Hajj, and the current Radio Ramadan project.
With strong local support, the BMHC Community Radio License has been granted for 5 years from the date of the launch (watch this space!), and will be a 24 hour station, reaching out to thousands of listeners.
In response to the fantastic news, the Chairman Mr Nasar Mahmood thanked everyone involved in the application; volunteers, staff, and well-wishers. ‘…it’s going to be an amazing project, serving the needs of the community, and aiming to build on the already excellent and diverse range of projects at the BMHC. We will really use this opportunity to be different, to be innovative, and to tackle issues that matter to the local community. This project will no doubt strengthen community cohesion; creating greater awareness, understanding and collaboration amongst the vibrant mosaic of communities that make up Greater Manchester.’
Cllr Angeliki Stogia of Whalley Range where the BMHC is based, spoke on behalf of the ward and her colleagues, saying ‘…Community radio has a vital role to play in Manchester, no more so than in the heart of our diverse city. That’s why I’m as proud as I am pleased as a Whalley Range resident and Councillor, that our very own BMHC has won the North West Community Radio Licence. A victory by Manchester, for Manchester and led by Whalley Range. Well done everyone.’
It is anticipated that ‘Heritage Community Radio’ will be launched in 2015, with support from the local community as well as partner organisations. If you’d like to get involved or find out more, feel free to contact the BMHC on 0161 881 8062, and speak to our Projects Manager Ashraf Ali, the driving force behind the successful application.
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