Community radio licences have also been awarded in Scotland. New arrivals are Garrison FM and Leith FM in Edinburgh, and Black Diamond FM in east and central Midlothian.
The regulator has looked to overcome the shortage of suitable FM frequencies for community radio services in and around London by varying the technical specifications used for the awarded licences. As a result, two of the licences - in Stonebridge in London and Bexleyheath in Kent - are being offered to broadcast in mono on FM instead of stereo. Broadcasting the stations in mono is meant to reduce interference, which could have made the services unviable.