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First National Radio Station for UK Muslims

First National Radio Station for UK MuslimsFirst National Radio Station for UK Muslims

The British media regulator has awarded a license for new radio stations, including the first national radio directed to Muslims in the country, which will be launched next year.

Ofcom, the UK media regulator, last week, said it has awarded new licenses to Digital Audio Broadcasting (DAB), Muslim Mirror website reported.

The decision doubles the number of commercial radio stations that are available on a nationwide basis to listeners on DAB radios.

The Sound Digital consortium has lined up 14 stations to go live in early 2016. The British Muslim Radio is planned to broadcast Asian music and speech, with elements of Islamic content.

Channels for Muslim communities in the UK are not new and have been broadcasting in the UK since 2004.

Islam Channel is one of this country’s most prominent and popular free-to-air, English language Muslim satellite channels.

In July 2013, the British channel 4 broadcast the Muslim call to prayer on a daily basis during the holy month of Ramadan. A year later in June 2014, British Muslim launched a special TV channel which joined a growing number of specialized broadcasting channels targeting the growing Muslim minority.

Other channels like Noor TV, Peace TV and Iqra TV have a South Asian focus, with some of the content broadcast in Urdu or Bangladeshi. More recently, Shiite focused channels have also emerged like Hidayet TV and Ahlulbayt TV.