It has been a long hard slog but at last there is light at the end of the tunnel.
"Fair's fair, let Radio Caroline on the air!"
News from Ofcom
"Ofcom has decided to invite applications for community radio licenses to operate on the medium wave (AM) band only, for locations anywhere throughout the UK, later this year (2013). It is important to note that broadcasting on medium wave brings different technical, site and cost considerations, for example, from FM services. Applicants will need to address these and demonstrate a thorough understanding of requirements of broadcasting on medium wave in their application.
Ofcom is willing to consider licensing (daytime) coverage areas that are larger than is our usual policy for community services on FM (around a 5km radius), regardless of whether the service wishes to target an urban or rural area. Each applicant needs to consider who their target community is, and where it is, in order to justify the target area they require (as a guide, we are willing to consider licensing services of around a 10km radius or more, in daytime, subject to the availability of suitable frequencies).
This invitation will be in addition to the application areas set out in our timetable, and is not expected to impact on the estimated dates for inviting applications from the remaining regions referred to. We currently estimate that we will invite applications for services to broadcast on the medium wave (AM) band in the second half of 2013."
Radio Caroline welcomes this announcement. It shows significant movement from the position at the start of this campaign and offers an opportunity for us to have much of, if not all, we have been asking for. We stand ready to make our application at the appropriate time.
What can I do?
There is a great deal we have to do to prepare and submit our application but at the moment there isn’t anything that you can do other than continue to offer your support. We are extremely grateful to everyone for their help and support so far. There is still a way to go but this is an excellent step forward. Sit tight for now and thank you.