BFBS Gurkha Radio is now available on 105.4 FM thanks to a new community radio licence recently granted by Ofcom, the UK's broadcasting regulator.
The station, which has aired on 1278 kHz AM in the area since 2001, and in the Nepali language, will continue to broadcast the same Gurkha Radio service on both AM and FM.
Sixty-seven years after it first started broadcasting, BFBS Gurkha Radio connects Nepali soldiers in the British Army with families back home and is one of the most listened to of the 18 stations in the BFBS network.
Although many families of retired Gurkhas have now settled in the UK, serving soldiers and others still have relatives back home and the radio links them with news, current affairs and entertainment. BFBS Gurkha Radio keeps the Armed Forces updated on events in Nepal and its programs are re-broadcast to 11 UK radio licensed areas around the UK, and also worldwide online via a bespoke app.
BFBS Gurkha Radio Principal Programmer Yog Raj Rai said:
"We are absolutely delighted that our Folkestone-based listeners can now listen us on 105.4 FM.
"An FM frequency means a more accessible, better sound quality offering. We are confident that this will improve the listening experience for our audience and we look forward to continuing to provide them with informative and entertaining content."
BFBS Gurkha Radio is part of BFBS, a global, not-for-profit media organisation that informs, entertains, connects and champions the UK Armed Forces. Its TV, radio and digital services offer a long-established lifeline to our forces stationed overseas – and a highly valued entertainment and information hub to the wider military community here in the UK.