Alderney community station given radio licence

Colin Mason
Image caption Colin Mason said the station would be run by volunteers

The first community radio licence in the Channel Islands has been given to a station in Alderney, regulator Ofcom has confirmed.

Quay FM, owned by the Alderney Broadcasting Company, will transmit to the island's 1,900 residents.

UK law was changed in 2013 to allow Guernsey, Alderney and Sark stations to apply for a licence after a campaign by the owners of Quay FM.

Founder, Colin Mason, confirmed the station would be run by volunteers.

"Alderney events, Alderney news and Alderney people will take priority in our programmes. It will be run by people from the island," he said.

"The structure of the temporary radio stations will apply to the new radio station with greater emphasis on news and current affairs. We will broadcast States meetings live, giving a priority of Alderney affairs."

Community radio services are non-profit and designed benefit the local area.

There is one commercial station, Island FM and one BBC Local Radio station, BBC Guernsey in the islands.

Mr Mason said Quay FM would differ from those stations in a number of ways.

He said: "The most obvious one is music, BBC is largely speech, Island FM is largely popular music and we are styling ours to soft, adult contemporary to suit the demographic of the island."

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