In 2016 we obtained a 'Restricted Service Licence' from Ofcom to run an FM radio station in Tintagel during carnival week. We called the station 'Tintagel Carnival Radio'. The station was run by a group of volunteers and transmitted on 87.7Mhz FM during the first week of August 2016. The station proved to be an enormous success with wonderful community involment. We ran interviews with all sorts of interesting local characters, institutions and visitors. We played local music, featured local storytellers, artists, cooks, artisans, animal trainers, archeologists, historians, school children, pensioners and generally helped create a true carnival atmosphere.
We would love to run the station again this year, but we can't afford the £2000 required to licence the station. The Ofcom restricted service broadcasting licence costs just under £1000 pounds; the Public Performance Licence (PPL) to play music costs about £500 and the Performing Rights Society (PRS) licence is also about £500. We are looking to raise this amount so that we can repeat the success of last year and if we get more, it will help us with the cost of hiring some of the gear we need to broadcast.
A final, but important note: We cannot accept donations from political or religious organisations or from individuals representing any such organisations. This is because Ofcom cannot issue a restricted service licence to radio stations funded by religious or political organisations except in specific circumstances, which do not apply to us. Sorry about that folks, but those are the rules.
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