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Tuesday, 13th March 2001

Four bidders for Northern Ireland local licence

Omagh and Enniskillen are to get a brand new local station next year. The Radio Authority has to choose from four applications:

FAST FM LTD: a music-led station combining locally focused news, topical and community information with listener involvement and participation, bound and blended with popular and country music from the 60s onwards, giving the West of the Province its own distinctive on-air sound and contemporary voice.

                             SOUTHWEST RADIO (SOUTHWEST FM LTD.): a local radio station catering for all age groups, with the main target being 25+, offering a wide variety of musical tastes, a high content of local music and sport and a friendliness which depicts the character of the region.
RADIO WEST FM (RADIO WEST LTD.) - a local radio service broadcasting a mix of easy listening, Irish country and current music with local news, community affairs, entertainment and information specially for listeners in Omagh, Enniskillen and most areas of Tyrone and Fermanagh.
WESTSIDE 101 (LISARA LTD.) - a music, speech and community based service for Omagh, Enniskillen, and surrounding areas.

Three applicants bidding for third Greater London digital multiplex

Three applications have been submitted to the Radio Authority for the third digital radio licence for England's capital city.

The Digital Radio Group are planning to launch Abracadabra, a children's station; The Arrow (TBC), a soft rock station; Liquid, a chart music station; Passion, an adult-aimed speech and music station; Purple Radio, a station for the gay community; The Storm, a rock station playing tracks from the last two decades; TAP, an Asian station; Time Out Live, an entertainment channel, and a separate student station. Existing stations which would be heard on digital radio include Ritz 1035 and Choice FM (TBC). If DRg win the licence, many of the stations would go on-air within 6 months.

London Digital Radio Ltd. aim to launch Juice, a modern rock and dance station currently heard in Liverpool; XY London, a youth channel; Reprise, classic and current album tracks; a soul and motown station; Saga Radio, music and features for the 50-plus age group; London Showcase, an entertainment guide, together with existing stations Spectrum, Choice and Ritz 1035. LDR Ltd. hope to start broadcasting their services around eight weeks after the licence award, if their application is successful.

MXR's application lists established broadcast stations Spectrum, Choice, Ritz 1035 and Galaxy, alongside new stations Fun, a childrens station; The Arrow, an adult-aimed rock station; Smooth, an easy listening music station, The Roxy, a golden oldies music station; Encore, classical music and the arts, and The Source, an entertainment news channel. If their application is successful, MXR hope to launch their services two months after the licence award, if they are successful.

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