Black Diamond

Black Diamond FM
107.8 FM

Black Diamond FM provides a service to people living and working within east and central Midlothian. The radio station broadcasts programming reflecting Midlothian's unique blend of community interests, cultural and linguistic diversity.

A small group of people from Midlothian came together to consider applying for a community broadcasting licence. It was prompted by Ofcom asking communities to apply for community radio licences.

One of the main founding forces behind this meeting was Midlothian Community Learning and Development Department of Midlothian Council with the support of the Education department.

A steering group whose main constituents were local people involved with community activities was formed.

This steering group founded a Limited company registered with Companies House on 1 March 2006 called Midlothian Community Media Association which is financially responsible parent of the community radio station which became known as 107.8 Black Diamond FM.

All of the steering group were offered directorships. This was necessary in order to apply for charity status, VAT registering and to be financially responsible to grant funders.

Grants from several generous funders allowed for the build a small state-of-art studio in the old Victorian school in Gardiner Place in Newtongrange. This building is now called Newbattle Community Learning and Development Centre.

Black Diamond FM now have a large pro-active listenership with a tremendous team of volunteer broadcasters who are generous with their time and effort knows no bounds.

The late John Ritchie (above) was the original Chairman of Midlothian Community Media Association (parent company of Black Diamond FM) C.E. and Ofcom licence holder for Black Diamond 107.8FM

No one receives any remuneration for time or work. All considered it a service, and contribution to the community. Our volunteers like our programmes have a spectrum age and interest factor and provided it is in the community interest and benefit long may this diversity continue. Black Diamond FM has created a fantastically successful community communication tool which is staffed by volunteer members of the community to broadcast to and for the community by the community.

There are many new ideas for the future and 107.8 Black Diamond FM looks forward to implementing them to improve the quality of broadcasting and to increase the quality of life for listeners.

It is with great sadness that the Board of Midlothian Community Media Association announced 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.


Black Diamond FM
Newbattle Community Learning Centre
67 Gardiner Place
EH22 4RT

Tel: 0131 663 6055