Rock Radio has been awarded the FM radio licence for Glasgow.

The station, which has seen well-kent DJ Jim Gellatly front its “Bring back Rock Radio” campaign, was judged by Ofcom to be best-suited to take on the licence.

The regulatory body received four applications for the right to broadcast to west central Scotland.

Bids by Caledonia Holdings Ltd (GO 96.3 Glasgow), Original 96 Glasgow Ltd (Original FM) and Radio Clyde Ltd (Clyde Rocks) were defeated.

Talking to a Scottish tabloid, Gellatly said: “It’s been incredible to be part of the campaign to bring back Rock Radio along with an amazing team.

“The response from the public has been immense, and I can’t wait for the station to launch.

“There were 4 very strong bids for the licence, so it was always going to be difficult. I still can’t quite believe it.”

Rock Radio’s ‘mission statement’ says that it “will play the best of local, national and international guitar-based music from across the years, with a playlist heavily driven by supporting the live music scene in Glasgow, be that bands breaking on to the scene in pubs and clubs right through to the major artists playing Hampden and the Hydro.”

The licence gives the station the right to broadcast for a 12-year period and according to Gellatly is likely to begin next year.