FIVE companies have officially entered bids to run Chester's first radio station.
The Radio Authority's closing date for receipt of applications for the new small-scale independent local radio licence arrived on Tuesday.
Companies had been invited to submit bids for a service directed at either the city of Chester or the towns in the southern part of Flintshire.
Five applications have been submitted for a licence on the FM (VHF) waveband, all of them proposing a service focused on the city of Chester.
The list of applicants is:
* Chester Broadcasting Ltd (Chester 106), based at Hilliards Court on the Chester Business Park, plans a full service local radio station for the people of Chester, characterised by comprehensive local news, a commitment to social action programming, topical information and friendly presentation, all complemented by a mix of popular music, chosen for its particular appeal to listeners over 25.
* Chester FM Ltd, based at Chester Racecourse, proposes a locally focused and locally driven radio station for Chester, with news and information relevant to people in Chester and its hinterland, combined with a popular variety of music from the last 40 years aimed at the adult population.
* Chester Radio Ltd, based at Hacker Young, St John's Chambers in Love Street, plans an entertaining, informative and professional local radio station with wide appeal, providing an unrivalled local news and information service, and a mix of the best contemporary and classic hit music.
* Dee FM Ltd, based in Grosvenor Street, plans a truly local and entertaining radio station providing a broad range of music from today and the past four decades, with an emphasis on information, news and features aimed directly at the people of Chester and surrounding areas.
* Deva FM Ltd, based at Hilliards Court on the Chester Business Park, proposes a 'full-service' station combining news, features, information and entertainment focused on the daily lives of the people of Chester and the surrounding communities, with melodic, popular music from yesterday and today, aimed predominantly at an audience aged 25-54 with elements of broader appeal.
Copies of these applications are available for public scrutiny in the reference sections of Chester Library and Flintshire Library in Mold, and at the Radio Authority's offices in London.
The authority welcomes comments from the public on the proposals put forward by the applicants, and upon the tastes and requirements of listeners in this area.
These should be sent to the Director of Development, Radio Authority, Holbrook House, 14 Great Queen Street, London WC2B 5DG, to arrive by Monday, January 28. The authority expects to announce its decision about the award of the licence early next year.