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Welcome to 96.5 Bolton FM

Bolton FM is a multi-award-winning  community radio station which began broadcasting at 11am on the 20th June 2009. We are a not for profit  community interest company (CIC)  which relies on more than one hundred valued volunteers from the local area to bring truly local radio to Bolton.

We broadcast 24hrs a day from our studios located at the Bolton Market on Ashburner Street in the heart of Bolton town centre. 

We encourage new, unique and innovative radio with a relevant and local feel. All of our shows are produced and presented by volunteers and we offer our town an exclusively local radio service that promotes local events, community groups  and focuses on local news and sport.  We welcome input from local sports teams, voluntary groups and the wider community.  Message Us

Through the day we have all your favourite hits from the past to present day mixed with local chat and interviews from local people and groups. In the evenings we have our specialist shows where we cover everything from unsigned music to programmes exploring specific musical genres such as classical, rock and much more.

Bolton FM is also out and about around your town, you may see us in places like the Market Place shopping centre or on Victoria Square. We are also involved with many local events such as the Food and Drink Festival and Bolton Hospice My Memories Walk. 

Our dedicated group of volunteers  make Bolton FM what it is today.

 The Bolton FM Charter

Bolton FM has been set up to serve the community of Bolton, and to serve the volunteers of this community who wish to become involved in it. Bolton FM and its volunteers subscribe to the following codes of practice:

  1. To promote the right to communicate, to assist free flow of information and opinions, to encourage creative expression and to contribute to the democratic process and pluralist society
  2. To be responsive to the wider environmental and future needs of the Bolton community.
  3. To provide access to training, production and distribution facilities, to encourage local creative talent, to foster local traditions, and to provide services for the benefit, entertainment, education and development of their audience
  4. To seek to have volunteers representative of local geographically recognisable communities or of communities of common interest
  5. To be editorially independent of government, commercial and religious institutions and political parties in determining their programme policy
  6. To provide a right of access to minority and marginalized groups and promote and protect cultural and linguistic diversity
  7. To honestly inform their audience on the basis of information drawn from a variety of sources and to provide a right of reply to any person or organisation subject to serious misrepresentation.

If you would like to learn  more about Community Radio visit the Community Media Association’s website.

If you would like to feed back to us on any aspects of Bolton FM, good or bad please get in touch Message Us

Community Radio in the UK is regulated by OFCOM who you may contact in case of complaints if Bolton FM can't or hasn't addressed.

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