This document sets out our policy decision on the duration of local analogue commercial licences, following a consultation published on 25 March 2014.
In light of policy and market developments since 2010 when we introduced the current policy, we decided to re-evaluate whether Ofcom’s policy on licence durations remains appropriate.
We have assessed the policy options in light of the analysis presented in the 2014 Consultation and the responses we received.
The statement explains that we have decided that where local commercial analogue radio licences are re-awarded, they will be granted for a period of 12 years. The existing policy of a seven-year licence duration will no longer apply.
Ofcom has published the planned timetable for the re-advertisement of local analogue commercial radio licences in 2014.