Press Releases

On this page, you’ll find copies of all our press releases.

Community church supports charity Winchester Radio

Local charity Winchester Radio was delighted to accept a cheque for £401 from the North Winchester Community Church recently, in support of the charity’s upcoming launch as a community radio station providing a new broadcasting service for the older generation living in and around Winchester. Rev. Danny Paine-Winnett, Minister, North Winchester Community Church said, “We recognise the issues that social isolation may bring across many different parts of the community, and the role that local voices and stories have in helping people feel connected. The lifeline that Winchester Radio offers is such a positive solution, that as a community-orientated church…

Continue reading

New volunteering roles with charity Winchester Radio

Local charity Winchester Radio is embarking upon a major volunteer recruitment drive in the run up to its community radio launch on FM in March 2019. Currently operating as the well-loved hospital radio station, the charity aims to grow its remit to broadcast a wellbeing message to the over 50s in Winchester and surrounding villages. Volunteer roles on offer include fundraisers, engineers, copywriters, researchers, radio presenters and audio producers as well as people experienced in advertising and sponsorship sales. Commenting on the new vision for the radio station, Anna O’Brien, Chairman said: “We’re really excited about the future of Winchester…

Continue reading

Winchester Radio gets National Lottery Funding boost

Local charity Winchester Radio gets £10,000 boost from the BIG Lottery Fund’s “Awards For All” programme. Winchester Radio has provided the hospital radio service at the Royal Hampshire County Hospital for over 30 years. Its new community radio service will offer local radio tailored for the over-50s in Winchester and the immediately-surrounding villages, produced by local volunteers – Radio for Winchester, from Winchester, by Winchester. Changes in the NHS, both locally and nationally, mean fewer inpatient beds, and more people being treated in the community rather than in hospital. A rapidly growing older local population together with NHS and social…

Continue reading

Local Radio returning to Winchester

Local charity Winchester Radio launches a public fundraising campaign – Radio for Winchester, from Winchester, by Winchester. Its new service will offer local radio tailored for the over-50s in Winchester and the immediately-surrounding villages. Winchester Radio is based at the Royal Hampshire County Hospital and, since land was sold for student accommodation, operates from a single small temporary studio. The NHS Trust has identified an alternative, larger space for the charity, more suitable for its needs, but significant fit-out works are required, costing approx. £117,000. Much of the charity’s existing equipment, home-built in the early 1990s, has become increasingly unreliable.…

Continue reading

Ofcom awards Winchester Radio an FM licence

‘Radio for Winchester, From Winchester, By Winchester’ has taken a step closer today with the awarding of a community radio licence to local volunteer-led charity, ‘Winchester Radio’. The charity applied to Ofcom for an FM community radio licence to serve the city of Winchester and the surrounding villages when the opportunity arose for community radio bids for the South East of England back in October. Today, Ofcom have announced that the business case and bid put forward by Winchester Radio has been successful. The station now has 2 years to organise planning permission for and to install a transmitter and…

Continue reading

Local radio for Winchester, from Winchester, by Winchester

A charity is bidding to launch a new radio service to serve the city of Winchester, to keep older people engaged with their local community, promote healthier lifestyles, and reduce loneliness and social isolation. Winchester Radio promises to deliver local radio for Winchester, from Winchester and by Winchester. Unlike other radio stations in the past that have broadcast from the city and had to close, merge, or move, Winchester Radio, as a charity, will not be affected by commercial interests, buy-outs or take-overs. Its overall aim will be to promote the benefits of living a healthy lifestyle, and the importance…

Continue reading