Ofcom has awarded two new community radio stations licences to two Asian broadcasters.
The first station called Akash Radio will be headed by Gurmail S Sahota. It will primarily concentrate on Punjabi-speaking content to the Punjabi community in Leeds.
The second is Bradford Asian Radio, which will be controlled by Syed Hassan. The station will focus on speech-dominated service in Urdu, Panjabi, Mirpuri, Bengali, Hindi and English.
Community radio services are provided on a not-for-profit basis focusing on the delivery of specific social benefits to a particular geographical community or a community of interest. Both stations have been give five-year licences to broadcast in a limited transmission area.