Vectis Radio gets FM radio licence (Updated)

Big news for long-running previously-Internet-only Isle of Wight radio station, Vectis Radio.

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Congratulations to all who work with or at community radio station, Vectis Radio!

They’ve been given a license by Ofcom (the UK’s controlling body) to broadcast over FM radio.

Previously Isle of Wight radio had an exclusive license to broadcast from and to the Island.

The license enables Vectis Radio to broadcast over Newport, the ‘capital’ of the Isle of Wight.

Going since 2010
Vectis Radio has been broadcasting over the Internet since 2010, so have certainly shown determination.

The radio station was awarded the licence because of their particular focus on serving young people, local musicians and community groups.

Listen online at Vectis Radio

Word from the founder
Ian Mac sent us the following – obviously very happy about today’s news. Quite right too.

“The enormity of it hasn’t really sank in yet.

“I am absolutely over the moon for a number of reasons.

“Firstly for the hard work and effort that 30 Vectis Radio volunteers has put in over the years, especially the team that filled in the application. They worked tirelessly for weeks and on the day when I had to get the application in, our Internet went down with 20 minutes left on the deadline. We managed to make other arrangements and get the application in on time – Thank goodness we did.

“Other reasons for my sheer delight are the amount of people that we are now going to be able to help build confidence and communication and give opportunities to – people of all ages and abilities to broadcast.

“I’m also very happy because my dream is about to become reality although I am told all the hard work starts now!

“Our hopes are that our FM license covers a 5 mile radius of Newport means that we can embrace Newport and hopefully it will embrace us and we can prove to be a real community radio station and an asset to the town.”

Image: theslowlane under CC BY 2.0

Update 17:20 Added the words from Ian Mac

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Wednesday, 8th June, 2016 11:01am



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Vix Lowthion

Congratulations, Vectis Radio!

Luisa Hillard

That’s really great news! Onwards and upwards!


About time! Well done Ian Mac.

bigg market

Well done to all concerned.


Nice one! Well done! Can you get it extended to Shanklin :P


Hopefully, Vectis can get the range extended to cover all of the West Wight at least. That would be great.


Sorry, I should have said East Wight.

Island Monkey

Fantastic news, we need some proper local FM radio, Ian and the team deserve success.


Good news! Well done to everyone who worked on this! Ian is a nice man and deserves this! Thanks for giving me the opportunity to be part of this! Onwards and upwards!

Stewart Blackmore

Great news, Mac, and a just reward for all the hard work you and your merry band has put in. Let’s hope it’s the start of something bigger.

Good luck to you all.


SB – I didn’t know Vectis Radio had Andy Stewart and the Proclaimers on the playlist!
Well done, Macca.

Mark Francis

Enormity? How bad can it be?