A new community radio station is to be launched in Northampton after Ofcom awarded a five-year FM licence to an organisation in the town.
NNBC, which is hoping to be on air by the summer, is a joint venture with the University of Northampton and will aim to provide local news, music and spoken word content.
Terry Doyle, station manager at NNBC, said University of Northampton media and journalism students would provide a significant amount of the talent that will enable NNBC to create local speech content.
He said: “I’m delighted that Ofcom has approved our application and the hard work begins now. NNBC will provide an original, innovative and truly local radio service aimed at the clearly identifiable community that live, learn, work and play in Northampton and its environs”
Chair of the new community radio station, and former Northampton MP Tony Clarke said: “We are delighted with Ofcom’s decision, and the ongoing support from the University, as a board we have felt that Northampton’s local media offer needed a boost, and its people a voice, we want to showcase the best of Northampton and provide news, music and spoken word content which is fresh and relevant to the local community.
“We have a lot of work ahead of us now to give birth to the new station, but our intention is be on air in the summer of 2015”
Steve Taylor, deputy dean of the School of the Arts at the University of Northampton, said the granting of a licence for NNBC to broadcast for five years was fantastic news for the people of Northampton and university students.
He said: “Those studying our Multimedia Journalism course will be able to benefit from real-world experience by assisting with production, content and presenting duties – all of which will increase their future employability.”
More information about NNBC is available at www.nnbc.co.uk