One of the UK's best known and most popular politicians, Dr Mo Mowlam, is heading a media company's bid for a new radio licence.

Mowlam, the Blair administration's former secretary of state for Northern Ireland who brokered the NI 'Good Friday' peace agreement, has been named chairman of Emap's bid for the new FM licence in Belfast, once at the heart of the Northern Irish troubles.

Emap's rock music-based Kerrang brand will be challenged by the Rupert Murdoch-controlled Wireless Group. A raft of local radio licences throughout the UK is being hotly contested and will be decided by broadcast watchdog Ofcom.

Says Mowlam: "Belfast is on the move. It's an exciting time and the city is changing everyday. We have to encourage investment and new enterprises to continue the momentum of this new age of optimism. A new commercial radio station can be a valuable part of this."

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