107, FM Online
East Grinstead, Forest Row, Lingfield, Crawley Down, Felbridge
"Live Local, Love Local!"
First air date
December 2006 (Restricted) March 2010 (Full-time)
107 Meridian FM is a community radio station broadcasting to the West Sussex town of East Grinstead and its surrounding area.
The station, a non-profit organisation, is run by around 100 volunteers and made its first 28-day restricted service licence broadcast in December 2006, followed by a couple more in May and December 2007.
Originally limited to two restricted service licence broadcasts each year, Meridian FM was awarded a full-time community radio licence by Ofcom in July 2009. The station then continued to stream over the internet via its website, whilst raising funds for the additional equipment needed for broadcast.
In February 2010, Ofcom inspected and approved the studios and transmission equipment, and 107 Meridian FM started officially broadcasting over 107Mhz FM on 1 March 2010 at 7am GMT.
In early 2015, Ofcom approved the renewal of 107 Meridian FM's broadcast license until 2020. The studios were originally located in East Court Mansion together with the East Grinstead Town Council offices, but moved to the Jubilee Community Centre in Charlwoods Road in January 2010.
The station took its name from the Greenwich Prime Meridian which runs through East Grinstead. It is unconnected with television broadcaster ITV Meridian.
Meridian FM features a national news bulletin, provided by Sky News Radio, hourly, as well as a local news bulletin, written and presented by its own reporters, on the half-hour.
Meridian FM is run entirely by over 100 volunteers. Shows are presented by people ranging from different ages and different backgrounds.