Consultation: National radio multiplex licence renewals

  • Start: 09 June 2022
  • Status: Closed
  • End: 21 July 2022

The national radio multiplex licences held by Digital One and Sound Digital will expire in 2023 and 2028 respectively. Government this year made legislation that gives Ofcom the power to renew these licences until 2035.

This consultation sets out our proposals for the decisions we plan to make when renewing these licences:

  • we propose we would not impose any additional coverage obligations or require the provision of a new technical plan in renewing the licences;
  • we propose we would not require the licensees to provide new proposals for how they would promote or assist the acquisition of digital radio equipment; and
  • our preference would be not to set a PMR rate for the renewed term of the licences, acknowledging that our approach would require the consent of the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, who might direct us on a PMR rate to set.

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