Local radio will return to the town after Andover Radio was awarded a five year licence to broadcast earlier today.
The broadcast regulator Ofcom today announced the station as a successful applicant group among 25 others across the UK. The radio station now has two years to launch, but the founders are in no hurry.
Managing Director David Harber says, “We’re proud to bring the benefits of truly local radio back to Andover. The town deserves a high quality service and
that takes planning. We won’t launch until absolutely ready.”
“We will cover everything that’s positive about Andover. But it won’t stop us from highlighting or challenging decisions which are against the public interest.”
With a studio location in Andover, the broadcaster will broadcast a ‘passionately local’ mix of content while the station’s music policy will be a broad mix of familiar and recognisable songs from the past 60 years, mixed with more specialist music programmes hosted by local people.
The radio station has already committed to giving free editorial and promotional support to local charitable and volunteer organisations, while proactively
supporting a tough high street economy.
Co Founder Maurice Sweeney added “Radio is an intrusive medium, it tells you things you didn’t know you needed to know.”
“Everything we do will be about Andover, its culture and its people; this constant stream of information about the town will help Andoverians make better informed decisions.”
The station also plans to provide a media and production training centre, working with local educational establishments.