Thornbury community radio consortium looks to form support group of friends

June 22 2017

THE consortium working to bring community radio back to Thornbury has launched a membership scheme to increase audience involvement and raise operating funds.

THE consortium working to bring community radio back to Thornbury has launched a membership scheme to increase audience involvement and raise operating funds. 

A not-for-profit venture - Thornbury Media Community Interest Company - is behind efforts to get a radio station onto the airwaves in the town, five years since the last local broadcasting project.

Station founder Glyn Roylance said a Friends of Thornbury Radio scheme would give individuals and businesses the chance to show their support for the plan.

He said membership fees would be low in order for the Friends to be as inclusive as possible and those joining would be kept up to date on developments, as well as being asked for their opinions on aspects of the project.

The funds raised would go towards the operating costs of the station, such as music royalties, broadband and electricity.

Mr Roylance said a large membership base would also show “evidence of demand” when applying to the communications regulator Ofcom for a licence.

Visit tmcic.org/support for more information.

The original Thornbury FM broadcast to the town from November 2005 to April 2010 before becoming GLOSS FM to reflect its greater coverage area.

An application was made in 2011 to Ofcom for a permanent FM licence but there were no clear frequencies available in the area and lack of funding eventually forced the station to close in June 2012.

Talks with Ofcom on securing an FM frequency for the area have now re-started.