Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 21 September 2014

Northern Ireland's first Ulster Scots radio station given green light

Was among five stations awarded community radio licences by Ofcom

Northern Ireland's first Ulster Scots radio station was among five awarded community radio licences by Ofcom
Northern Ireland's first Ulster Scots radio station was among five awarded community radio licences by Ofcom

Northern Ireland's first Ulster Scots radio station has been given the green light after being awarded a community licence alongside four others.

Ballymoney's fUSe FM has said it will "reflect the traditions, language and culture of Ulster Scots in Ballymoney and surrounding areas".

It will be joined Maghera-based Raidió G - the first Irish language station outside Belfast.

According to Ofcom the stations - along with three others - typically cover a small area and are run on a 'not-for-profit' basis.

"These include offering training and work experience opportunities and providing a voice to those, such as older people or speakers of minority languages, who may find it harder to access the media," the regulator said.

Among the other community radio licences awarded by Ofcom was Belfast FM - which is aimed at the over 55s in the city -  along with Chaine FM in Larne and Bridge FM in Portadown.

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