GTFM

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GTFM
City Pontypridd
Broadcast area Pontypridd and surrounding areas
Slogan Playing the music of your life
Frequency 107.9 MHz, Online, TuneIn Radio app, dedicated app for mobiles, Smartspeakers
First air date24 May 2002
Format Community: music and talk
Language(s) English, Welsh
OwnerGTFM (South Wales) Ltd.
Website GTFM

GTFM is a community radio station serving Pontypridd and surrounding areas of Rhondda Cynon Taf in south Wales. The station broadcasts locally on 107.9 FM and online via the station's website, from studios and offices on Pinewood Avenue in Rhydyfelin, near Pontypridd. [1]

Community radio radio service serving a specific community

Community radio is a radio service offering a third model of radio broadcasting in addition to commercial and public broadcasting. Community stations serve geographic communities and communities of interest. They broadcast content that is popular and relevant to a local, specific audience but is often overlooked by commercial or mass-media broadcasters. Community radio stations are operated, owned, and influenced by the communities they serve. They are generally nonprofit and provide a mechanism for enabling individuals, groups, and communities to tell their own stories, to share experiences and, in a media-rich world, to become creators and contributors of media.

Pontypridd town in Wales

Pontypridd is both the county town of Rhondda Cynon Taf in Wales and a community. Often colloquially known as "Ponty", it is 12 miles (19 km) north of Cardiff.

Rhondda Cynon Taf County borough

Rhondda Cynon Taf, or informally RCT, is a county borough in the south of Wales. It consists of five valleys: the Rhondda Fawr and Fach, Cynon, Taff and Ely valleys, plus a number of towns and villages away from the valleys. Results from the 2011 census showed 19.1% of its 234,410 residents self-identified themselves as having some ability in the use of the Welsh language.

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The station was started in 1999 by the local Glyntaff Tenants and Residents Association as a community project run by local enthusiasts. [2] In partnership with the University of Glamorgan, it launched a full-time station GTFM 106.9 under an Access Radio experiment and following full evaluation was licensed as the first community radio station in Wales under OFCOM's changed rules in 2006 [2] with a license which runs until 2020. [3]

The station's OFCOM license commits it to:

The station is also expected to provide training, encourage volunteering and deliver other social gains to the local community. [4]

According to a local MP, Chris Bryant, GTFM is the most popular local station in the area. [5]

Chris Bryant Welsh politician and MP

Christopher John Bryant is a Welsh Labour Party politician who has been the Member of Parliament (MP) for Rhondda since the 2001 general election and most recently the Shadow Leader of the House of Commons until resigning on 26 June 2016. He was previously the Shadow Minister for the Arts, Minister of State for Europe, Deputy Leader of the House of Commons and Shadow Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport. He was re-elected in June 2017.

Programming

The majority of GTFM's output consists of locally produced programming including hourly local news bulletins, peak time travel updates and regular sports coverage, plus local features & interviews and specialist programming at evenings and on weekends.

The station also broadcasts Welsh language programmes three days a week alongside a weekday news bulletin from 3pm simulcast from BBC Radio Cymru. National bulletins from Sky News Radio in London are also broadcast during off-peak hours.

BBC Radio Cymru

BBC Radio Cymru is BBC Cymru Wales' Welsh-language national radio network. It broadcasts two stations throughout Wales from studios in Cardiff, Bangor, Aberystwyth and Carmarthen on FM, DAB, digital TV and online.

Sky News Radio is the radio arm of Sky News, owned by Sky UK. It has been operating since June 1999, providing a news bulletin service for UK commercial radio stations operators across the UK and for a number of English-speaking radio stations across the world.

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References

  1. "Contact details for Charity # 1111030 - GTFM (SOUTH WALES) LTD". Charity Commission. Retrieved 10 November 2015.
  2. 1 2 Hand, RJ; Traynor, M (15 November 2012). Radio in Small Nations: Production, Programmes, Audiences. University of Wales Press. pp. 18–. ISBN   978-0-7083-2544-5.
  3. "GTFM Pontypridd". OFCOM. Retrieved 10 November 2015.
  4. "Community radio licence: key commitments - GMFM" (PDF). OFCOM. Retrieved 10 November 2015.
  5. "Draft Community Radio (Amendment) Order 2015". UK Parliament debate. 24 March 2015.