Struggling Community Radio Gets Coronavirus Lifeline
Community radio stations that are at risk of closure due to Covid-19 pandemic can bid for cash grants. The Government announced that the £400,000 Community Radio Fund, administered by Ofcom, will be used to provide a lifeline for radio stations hardest hit. There is no limit to how much can be applied for. But because of the expected high demand for funding, those who request lower amounts are more likely to be awarded the full amount requested. Applications can be made between 4 – 11 May.
There are around 300 not-for-profit stations in the UK, staffed largely by volunteers. The stations broadcast to around a million listeners per week. They earn money from local advertising but because of the pandemic shops and businesses have closed and have no funds to spend. The stations can be heard online. Some broadcast 24 hours a day. Various age ranges listen to the shows. DJs on air are local and eager to help out.
Chairman of Community Media Association, Danny Lawrence, told .tv many expected to apply.
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