One of the UK’s longest running volunteering projects, VCS Cymru, has today secured the future of the capitals only local radio station in a new 5 year community broadcasting deal with regulator Ofcom.
Since taking to the airwaves in 2007, Radio Cardiff has been broadcasting a mix of music and chat across the city, on FM, online and on mobiles. The station plays to an audience of over 26,000 estimated weekly listeners and is produced and presented by more than 100 volunteers from across the city.
Following a shake-up of the schedule to better reflect the community in January 2017, the station scooped the Best Station in Wales and the South West at the MMG Regional Awards in May, and is now looking to the future with a new community broadcast licence, safeguarding local radio in Cardiff for the next 5 years.
Supported by the social action charity, VCS Cymru, the station is now a recognised independent radio producer, and is working towards original commissions with and for broadcasters acorss the UK, in addition to providing training opportunities to the whole community.
Donna Zammit, Head of Radio said:
“I’m delighted to share the news of this, our third license extension. As the only local radio station in Cardiff, we have a responsibility to represent the diversity of our capital, a job that we take a lot of pride in. I’m thankful of all the volunteers who share their passion for music and community, joining us on air each week. We’ve got great plans for community radio in the city over the next five years, and look forward to celebrating our 10th year in style later this year.”
Jeremy Rees, Director of VCS Cymru said:
“Radio Cardiff reflects the rich diversity of our capital city. It is, without doubt, the most local of broadcasters in the capital, featuring a diver cast of presenters and volunteering reflecting the ever-changing communities that give this small city its unique identity. I’m thrilled at this announcement by Ofcom, acknowledging nearly 10 years of hard work making the station what it is today. We now look to the future with confidence that our work is worthwhile, and enjoyed by so many”
Notes to editors
Established in 1964, Volunteer Community Services Cardiff (later Cymru) was the first local volunteering service to be established in the UK, outside of London.
For over 50 years VCS Cymru has been enabling the most disadvantaged to engage with their communities, facilitating the positive health and well-being of individuals and the places they call home, through community media, heritage and supported volunteering projects.
Radio Cardiff is the city’s award-winning local community radio station, showcasing the best of the capital city, on FM, online and on mobile.
Each week over 100 volunteers share their passion for music and the communities that make Cardiff a home. The station began broadcasting 12 hours a day on the 7th October 2007, and has since become a 24-hour station, the only one of its kind in the city.
The broadcast license for Radio Cardiff is owned and operated by Voluntary Community Service (Cymru) Limited, a charity registered in England and Wales. Charity Registration No.1066371.