Consultation: Analogue Radio Technical Code

  • Start: 26 January 2024
  • Status: Open
  • End: 22 March 2024

Ofcom has specific responsibilities for licensing and regulating TV and radio broadcast services which are transmitted via networks of land-based transmitter masts (i.e. ‘terrestrial’ broadcast services). These services include analogue radio stations using AM (Amplitude Modulation) and FM (Frequency Modulation) that vary in scale from national services through local, community to very localised restricted services serving a defined establishment such as a hospital.

Analogue radio licensees (including BBC services) are required to comply with the Ofcom Site Engineering Code for Analogue Radio Broadcast Transmission Systems which is based on the provisions set out in the Broadcasting Act 1990, the Broadcasting Act 1996, the Wireless Telegraphy Act 2006 and the Communications Act 2003. This Code applies to all analogue local and national commercial radio services, community radio, BBC radio and restricted services.

The current version of the Code has been in force since 2013. Ofcom is now proposing a number of updates to the Code as summarised below, and which are described in more detail in this consultation. We have also published a separate document comparing and identifying the specific proposed changes to the Code alongside this consultation.

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