The UK’s first full-time Jewish community radio station licence has been awarded to Radio Jcom in Leeds.
Ofcom, the organisation which grants permission to broadcast, has given the station an initial five year licence to be on medium wave to the local Jewish community.
It will be based at Leeds’ MAZCC Community Centre and apart from Saturday, will broadcast on-air 24 hours a day, six days a week.
Radio Jcom, which is run by a team of volunteers and is a non-profit organisation, says it will start broadcasting from December on the internet and aims to be on the airwaves by June 2008.
According to a spokesman, the station will be “inclusive” to all parts of the 10,000 strong Leeds community: “We will be serving the whole community with programmes covering all interests.”
A sister station in London, Jcom, which is currently broadcasting on a one month licence pending an application for its own five year licence said it applauds the decision and wishes the Leeds station a “hearty mazeltov and a successful future”.