fUSe FM gets licence

Ofcom has announced the award of five community radio licences in Northern Ireland, including the region’s first Ulster Scots station - Ballymoney-based fUSe FM.

These will join the 12 community radio stations already operating in Northern Ireland, which are among more than 200 across the UK.

In its application to Ofcom, fUSe FM said its service “will reflect the traditions, language and culture of Ulster Scots in Ballymoney and surrounding areas”.

North Antrim MLA Robin Swann welcomed the news saying “those from the Ulster Scots tradition have an opportunity to share such a vibrant and rewarding culture and language.

“A special word must also go to those from fUSe FM who have worked tirelessly to bring this licence to Ballymoney and who will no doubt have immense satisfaction from taking their message to the air waves.”