Community radio explained

Community radio was launched in the UK by broadcasting regulator Ofcom in 1995 following The Community Radio Order 2004, enshrined within the Communication Act 2003 which provided the means for Ofcom to license Community Radio in the UK.  This was laid before HM Parliament at Westminter, London on 15 June 2004 and was approved by Parliament and became law on 20 July 2004.

Unlike traditional local commercial radio stations, the community radio stations broadcast to smaller areas and they focus on a specific community or on a range of listeners inside their broadcast area which is in the case of Celtic Music Radio.  The station’s job is to benefit our ‘community of interest’ rather than make a profit.

A community radio station’s programmes will reflect the needs and interests of its audience.  But rather than ‘talk at’ its community, the station should become a central part of it.  This means creating direct links with its listeners, offering training opportunities and making sure that members of the community can take part in how the station is run. This is at the core of Celtic Music Radio’s vision of how we operate our service.

Funding Celtic Music Radio

The funding of community stations like Celtic Music Radio comes from a number of sources:


Celtic Music Radio is allowed to raise 50% of  running costs from commercial advertising and sponsorship under Ofcom regulations.

For more information, contact Bob McWilliam at: or call 07980 953 107.

Grant funding

Therefore, at least half of Celtic Music Radio’s operating income must come from other areas. This could include public funding from local or central government, other government agencies, the European Union, the National Lottery or charities, training and employment grant schemes.

We would be happy to hear of any grant funding that may be available.

Contact: Ross Macfadyen, Director of Fundraising at

Personal individual giving or company donations

If you are keen to support Celtic Music Radio and find out how you can make a difference, either as a personal or company donation, through a grant or by any other means, we would be delighted to meet you.

You can also click here to visit our donations page.

Funding enquiries

Funding enquires can be addressed to:

Liz Clark, Company Secretary, Celtic Music Radio, Livingstone Tower, 26 Richmond Street, Glasgow G1  1XH

Telephone: 0141 548 3397.

Celtic Music Radio 95 FM, 54 Admiral Street, Kinning Park, Glasgow G41 1HU
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Celtic Music Radio is a Charity registered in Scotland, number SC041172

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