Nova Radio North East granted 5 year licence extension

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Community radio station Nova Radio North East has had its licence extended until 2027. The radio station became the first full-time community radio station of its kind in the Newcastle & Gateshead area when it launched on Friday 8th June 2007 as NE1fm and was rebranded to Nova Radio North East in June 2020.

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Since the station’s launch, it has given the opportunity to hundreds of local members of the community to hit the airwaves and be a presenter.

It has also worked with local community groups and broadcast live from hundreds of community events and even broadcasts from pubs and clubs in and around the North East.

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Station manager Neil Kipling said

"As the radio station manager, I am delighted to be given the opportunity to broadcast for another 5 years making local radio for Newcastle & Gateshead. Later on this year we hope to launch on small scale DAB Digital Radio in North/South Tyneside and soon after that Newcastle/Gateshead.

“We still face a lot of challenges post-covid both with fundraising and continuing to expand our programming. Our expanded management team Jorge Heron, Stuart Sydenham, Vicki Steele, Stephen Ferrell & Damien Stone have assisted greatly with this. The biggest thanks go to our strong 60+ volunteer base who make up the backbone of our output across the northeast.”

Programmer Dean Wears said:

“Having been part of the radio station when it launched as NE1fm, it’s amazing that the radio station has been given another 5-year licence extension and with the way commercial radio is going, this is a great opportunity to provide the people of Newcastle and Gateshead with a local radio station.”

Nova Radio North East broadcasts on 102.5fm, online at novaradio.co.uk, via the app on the app store, and on smart speaker.

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