In July 2002, Members of Parliament called upon the Government to give a clear commitment to community media in a Communications Bill, recognising that community media projects have a vital contribution to make to neighbourhood renewal, encouraging citizen participation, local democracy and life-long learning.
A group of local people from Teesdale formed Teesdale Community Broadcasting Ltd were quick to establish a community radio service under the title “Radio Teesdale” in preparation to apply for one of the newly available Community Radio Licences.
Radio Teesdale was formed in 2003 and started full time broadcasting in 2007, having been granted a licence to broadcast as a community radio station. Radio Teesdale is a true Community project, and provides a true Community service. It has been set up and will be operated by the people of Teesdale, for the people of Teesdale.