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Death of John Ritchie

It is with great sadness that the Board of Midlothian Community Media Association has to announce the death of John Ritchie on Saturday 8th March 2014.

John, as chairman was at the helm of the Association and Black Diamond FM from the beginning, and worked tirelessly to ensure that the dream of a community radio station for Midlothian was realised.

As a journalist, editor and author, he brought a wide-range of contacts and considerable expertise into the development of one of first stations in the UK to receive a community radio licence.

John brought his missionary zeal in support of community radio not only to Midlothian but further afield in his work with others to establish a credible Scottish Community Broadcasting Network.

At times John ruffled feathers when officialdom seemed to obstruct our plans but he will be remembered as providing strong leadership in ensuring that Black Diamond FM has not only survived but prospered into a station that provides not only entertainment and information but has helped improve community cohesion.

The continuation of the station will be one of his many legacies and a tribute to his work over the last 10 years.

Our thoughts are with his wife Catriona and daughter Hinde.


The Scottish Community Broadcasting Network (SCBN) was established in the autumn of 2007 with an aim to support community radio projects in Scotland.

The Scottish Community Broadcasting Network current membership works together to provide support, advice and guidance to communities who are interested in community radio and media.

Working on shared issues such as funding, practice sharing and training the group raises awareness of the important role of community radio in Scotland's communities and to explore alternative ways of broadcasting effectively to communities of interest and geographical communities.

In Scotland and throughout the UK, community radio stations are licensed by regulator Ofcom (Office of Communications) which is based in London and has a small branch office in Glasgow.

Ofcom defines community radio as licences for small-scale, not-for-profit radio stations operated for the good of members of the public, or of particular communities, and in order to deliver social gain. The licenses are awarded by Ofcom following a formal application process. Not all applicants are awarded a licence to broadcast.

This SCBN website lists radio stations on-air that hold an Ofcom Community Radio Licence.

The list includes the station name and its broadcast frequency, coverage area and some information on the service provided and general contact details.

Other very small-scale commercial radio stations in Scotland licensed by Ofcom that hold ILR (Commercial radio) licenses but in all other regards are community radio stations, are also listed.