Consultation: Nation Radio (Ceredigion) - Request to change Format

  • Start: 12 April 2019
  • Status: Closed
  • End: 10 May 2019

Ofcom is proposing to approve the Format change request submitted by Radio Ceredigion Limited ('RCL'). A commercial radio station’s Format sets out the type of broadcast output it is required to deliver, and forms a part of its licence.

The analogue commercial radio licence for Ceredigion was fully re-advertised by Ofcom in April 2018. The licence was awarded in December 2018 to the pre-existing licensee (and sole applicant) RCL. RCL’s re-application was based on replacing the existing ‘Radio Ceredigion’ service with a relay of the service provided under the South Wales regional licence, Nation Radio, which is held by Nation Radio Limited. Nation Radio Limited and RCL are both part of the same corporate group (Nation Broadcasting).

However, since the licence award was made, RCL has decided that it would instead prefer to continue broadcasting a service more closely aligned with the existing Radio Ceredigion service when the new Ceredigion licence commences on 1 June 2019.

In order to be able to do this, RCL has submitted a Format Change Request to change the Format that it drafted for its licence re-application.

When a request to change a Format constitutes a substantial alteration to the character of service, the request is subject to consultation.

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