Thornbury radio station GLOSS FM bids for licence

February 24 2019
Thornbury radio station GLOSS FM bids for licence

THORNBURY’S community radio station is applying for a permanent FM broadcast licence.

The broadcast regulator Ofcom got in touch last autumn to invite the directors of GLOSS FM, which is currently only able to broadcast online, to submit an application.

Breakfast presenter Chris Criddle, pictured above, said: “After over eight years of robust discussions with the Government regulator Ofcom, it is high time that Thornbury had its voice back.

An FM broadcast licence would make our local radio service for Thornbury and district far more accessible for all, and we welcome this invitation to apply."

GLOSS FM previously broadcast under Ofcom's restricted service licence regime. This allowed the station to have a maximum of two 28-day broadcasts a year in addition to its continuous online service.

In 2011 it applied for a full FM licence and was rejected on the grounds that there was "no suitable FM frequency available”. The station closed and did not reopen until 2017.

It now broadcasts online from studios in Castle Street.

Station director Glyn Roylance said: “Ofcom take six to twelve months to consider applications, and we would have a two-year window to get on-air after a licence is awarded.

Obviously, we would aim to build on our current 24-hour-a-day digital radio service and get on-air as soon as possible."

Residents have been encouraged to show their interest by completing a form on the radio station’s website, as the amount of local support is a factor considered by Ofcom when awarding licences. The form can be found online at bit.ly/2DDlhta.