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New Community radio for Watford

PUBLISHED: 01:15 01 April 2010 | UPDATED: 17:00 20 February 2013

A LOCAL radio group in Watford, Hertfordshire, has won a full time radio broadcasting licence from the regulator Ofcom, after a four-year campaign.

A LOCAL radio group has won a full time radio broadcasting licence from the regulator Ofcom, after a four-year campaign. The Vibe has run four successful trial broadcasts in Watford, starting its life as Fresh FM and has been behind the recent broadcast in South Oxhey Youth FM.


The new station will be a not-for-profit community station providing recent music for young people in and around Watford. It will also give them a voice on key issues like bullying, drugs, alcohol, vandalism, and personal safety. The station will rely on grants, donations and sponsorship for its funding.


Matt Cadman, who has managed all the trial broadcasts and had the idea of forming a new local radio station for young people, said, I am absolutely delighted. I cannot thank people from the community enough.


Mayor of Watford, Dorothy Thornhill, has been a supporter from the groups formation in early 2006. The organisation has received 11,000 from the Mayors Community Fund over the last four years to allow short term broadcasts, which have enabled the organisation to apply for a full time licence. The new radio station expects to launch by late 2010.

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