Guernsey, Alderney and Sark offered radio licences

Community radio stations could be set up in the Bailiwick of Guernsey, if licence applications are approved.

Following a change in law, the not-for-profit stations can be set up in the islands under licence from Ofcom, the UK communication industries regulator.

Community radio stations are run by volunteers and focus on local issues.

Soo Williams, Ofcom's community radio manager, said those involved in the stations "gain greatly from it, through confidence-building".

She said the average UK station had 75 volunteers including school children and students and the measure of their success was not "just about listening, it's about involvement too".

Community stations can carry commercials or be sponsored, but Ofcom may put limits on how much money can be raised, to minimise impact on any commercial services.

There is currently just one commercial station in the Bailiwick, Island FM.

Applications for the licences, which are for a maximum period of five years, have to be made by 26 March 2014.

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