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Comments invited on digital radio plan for Sheffield and Rotherham

Shefcast Digital is inviting comments on its plans to host and support more than 20 new digital radio channels for Sheffield and Rotherham.

Shefcast Digital is the only locally-led and community-owned bid to operate the digital audio broadcasting (DAB) multiplex for Sheffield and Rotherham. It is backed by a consortium, including community radio stations Link FM, Redroad FM and Sheffield Live! together with Sheffield Community Media, who have formed an ambitious plan to bring new local, community and specialist radio services to digital radio listeners.

The Shefcast Digital Prospectus sets out proposals for a new social enterprise to own and operate for community benefit the DAB multiplex for Sheffield and Rotherham, including market analysis, content providers, technical plans, community ownership, and financial arrangements.

Shefcast Digital is inviting comments and feedback to support its application for a licence to Ofcom, the communications regulator. Its proposals are available to view online or to download below. Comments can be sent to info@shefcast.org or submitted online at http://shefcast.org/comments

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Shefcast Digital Prospectus Version 1.0
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Shefcast Digital bid lodged with Ofcom

Shefcast Digital, the locally-led not-for-profit consortium bidding to operate the digital radio service for Sheffield and Rotherham has lodged its broadcast licence application with communications regulator Ofcom.

The initiative brings together community radio stations Link FM, Redroad FM and Sheffield Live! with Sheffield Community Media, a community benefit society established to support community media development in Sheffield City Region. Shefcast Digital plans to offer digital radio listeners more than 20 new local, community and specialist radio services.

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New radio stations plan for Sheffield and Rotherham

A group of local and community media organisations have come together with an ambitious plan to expand choice for radio listeners tuning to digital radio in Sheffield and Rotherham.

Community radio stations Link FM and Sheffield Live! have joined forces with Sheffield Community Media to establish a new digital audio broadcasting network. The joint venture, Shefcast Digital, has been set up to operate as a social enterprise. The founding partners are inviting others to get involved in the project which could bring over 20 new digital radio stations to the airwaves.

The initiative is supported by Sheffield-based media development agency, CM Solutions, and by the national Community Media Association, which has its headquarters in Sheffield.

Shahid Ali of Link FM said: “Over the last few months we have seen how important radio is to keeping people informed and in touch, with a significant increase in listeners during lockdown. We are excited to be working with Sheffield Live! on a project to make community radio available to digital radio audiences and to support new local and community radio initiatives.

Sangita Basudev of Sheffield Live! said: “DAB is set to be our next big adventure with the chance not only to bring Sheffield Live! onto DAB but opportunities to develop a new tier of local and community radio services that cater for underserved interests and communities. We are delighted to be joining forces with Link FM to enable a new generation of local and community media.”

Steve Buckley of Sheffield Community Media said: “Not only is this an opportunity to expand the reach of Sheffield’s established community radio stations, we aim also to work with locally-based internet radio stations and radio start-ups to increase the range and diversity of services available.”

Anyone interested in getting involved is invited to connect with Shefcast Digital via www.shefcast.org/connect or by writing to info@shefcast.org.