16th March 2006




Lincoln is to get a third full-time radio station thanks to a decision by Ofcom to give a community radio licence to the University of Lincoln.


Student radio station Siren FM has been broadcasting for four weeks every year from the Brayford Pool campus since 1998.


But soon it will be broadcasting 365 days a year under the terms of one of nine new community radio licences announced by Ofcom today (Thursday).


Siren FM will provide a service aimed at students, schoolchildren and other young people in Lincoln.


“This award enables the university to be pivotal in providing students, young people and community groups across Lincoln and the surrounding area with a wonderful opportunity to have a 'real' voice through the exciting medium of radio,” said Bryan Rudd, a lecturer in Radio Production at the university and a patron of Siren FM.


Staff and students at the university will spend the next year gearing up for the re-launch of the station, which is based in the Media, Humanities and Computing (MHAC) building at Brayford Pool.


Community radio is a new third tier of UK radio which complements the mix of services already provided by the BBC and commercial radio sectors.


The characteristics of community radio are distinct from commercial radio in that the services cover a small geographical area and are provided on a not-for-profit basis, focusing on the delivery of specific social benefits to enrich a particular geographical community or a community of interest.


Siren FM first broadcast at Humberside University in Hull in 1996 and moved to new facilities at the new university campus in Lincoln in 1998.


Ofcom is the independent regulator and competition authority for the UK communications industries, with responsibilities across television, radio, telecommunications and wireless communications services.


For more details visit http://www.ofcom.org.uk/media/news/2006/03/nr_20060316


For more information contact: Jez Ashberry, Press and Media Relations Manager

01522 886042                         jashberry@lincoln.ac.uk