Radio Tyneside, the hospital broadcasting service for the RVI, Freeman and Queen Elizabeth hospitals – which has been in operation since 1951 – has been granted by OFCOM a Community Radio Licence to broadcast to the Newcastle and Gateshead areas, promoting health and wellbeing for the 50+ age group.
Radio Tyneside’s Chairman Dave Nicholson MBE said “This is a great day for our organisation. It will allow us to expand our service outside of just the hospitals. These days most patients don’t stay in hospital for a very long period and our idea is to help with their recovery once back home. At the same time, hopefully pass on advice and information to our listeners that will help with their lifestyle”.
The news of their successful bid for the FM licence comes hard on the heels of the station being runners up in the Station of the Year category in the National Hospital Radio Awards held on 23 March 2018 in Windsor. Dave said that “winning the licence application was the icing on the cake.”