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Thursday, 14th March
Liberty may be liberated from London.

Applications are being welcomed for the re-advertised mediumwave (AM) radio licence serving London, from next week. Liberty 963 and 972 currently broadcasts to England's capital using the licence originally awarded to it, but the licence is due to expire in July 2003.

Viva 963 launched in 1995 as a station aimed at a female audience, but the station never caught on and it was sold a year later, to be re-launched as Liberty for London. It has since gained an extra frequency (972 AM) to increase its transmission area across the city.

                            It is understood Saga Radio may be interested in forming an application for the licence. The station can be already heard on DAB digital radio in London, but an AM licence would enable the talk-and-oldies format to be heard by many more listeners.

The deadline for applications is 27th August 2002.

In other news, Tonbridge-based local station Mercury FM, may be up against competition for its licence renewal. One other company has lodged its interest in the licence and it will now be advertised fully at a later date. The station is in the process of changing hands, having been sold to the KM Group by operator GWR Group plc. Medway's Mercury FM has also transferred ownership in the same deal. A name change for both stations is in the pipeline.

Northern Visions Radio has taken to the airwaves on 100.6FM in Belfast, providing a viewpoint on Belfast life and issues. The station will be on-air until March 2003.

Related links:
London radio stations, on this site.
Liberty Radio website
Radio Authority website, where the licence is being advertised week commencing 21st March 2002
Northern Visions Radio website

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