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Call for expressions of interest: Implementing the Broadband Universal Service Obligation

This document explains how we will designate Universal Service Provider(s) to deliver broadband connections, and calls on interested bodies to come forward.

Consultation: Satellite filings cost recovery

This consultation document provides our proposed charging approach to recovering the costs of our satellite filings work, and the charges that we propose to apply.


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Statement: Love Sport – Request to change Format

  • Consultation
  • Statement
  • Start: 04 May 2018
  • Status: Statement published
  • End: 01 June 2018

A request from Love Sport to change the station’s published Format has been approved by Ofcom, following a public consultation.

https://www.ofcom.org.uk/consultations-and-statements/category-3/love-sport-request-to-change-format

Consultation on changes to the General Conditions of Entitlement

  • Consultation
  • Start: 26 April 2018
  • Status: Closed
  • End: 28 May 2018

Consultation on proposal to amend general condition C6.6, additional changes to our guidance on Calling Line Identification facilities, and a number of minor drafting changes.

https://www.ofcom.org.uk/consultations-and-statements/category-3/consultation-changes-general-conditions-of-entitlement

Statement: Absolute Radio – proposals to reduce AM coverage

  • Consultation
  • Statement
  • Start: 09 February 2018
  • Status: Statement published
  • End: 02 March 2018

Following consultation, Ofcom has decided to approve proposals from Absolute Radio to reduce by 5% the transmission coverage of its AM national commercial licence.

https://www.ofcom.org.uk/consultations-and-statements/category-3/absolute-radio-proposals-to-reduce-am-coverage

Statement: Annual Plan 2018-19

  • Consultation
  • Statement
  • Start: 01 December 2017
  • Status: Statement published
  • End: 09 February 2018

Our Annual Plan 2018/19 highlights some of the key work areas that we will seek to deliver in order to meet our goals.

https://www.ofcom.org.uk/consultations-and-statements/category-1/proposed-annual-plan-2018-19

Statement: Spectrum Radio - Request to change Format

  • Consultation
  • Statement
  • Start: 13 July 2017
  • Status: Statement published
  • End: 10 August 2017

A request from the owner of Spectrum Radio Limited to change the Format of Spectrum Radio, a commercial radio service that broadcasts to Greater London on the AM (medium wave) band, has been approved by Ofcom.

https://www.ofcom.org.uk/consultations-and-statements/category-3/spectrum-radio-request-to-change-format

Local DAB multiplex change request: Mid & West Wales

  • Consultation
  • Statement
  • Start: 30 January 2017
  • Status: Statement published
  • End: 28 February 2017

An application by MuxCo Wales Limited ("MuxCo"), the holder of the local radio multiplex licence for Mid & West Wales, to extend the licensed area for its service to include Swansea, has been refused by Ofcom.

https://www.ofcom.org.uk/consultations-and-statements/category-3/local-dab-change

Community radio: future licensing and technical policy

  • Consultation
  • Statement
  • Start: 28 October 2016
  • Status: Statement published
  • End: 22 December 2016

There are nearly 250, Ofcom-licensed, community radio stations broadcasting in locations across the UK. These stations are small, not-for-profit, services which bring a range of benefits to their target communities, and are run with the help of volunteers.

https://www.ofcom.org.uk/consultations-and-statements/category-2/cr-future-licensing

Nation Radio - Request to change Format

  • Consultation
  • Statement
  • Licensing information
  • Start: 11 November 2016
  • Status: Statement published
  • End: 09 December 2016

Ofcom has approved a Format Change Request from Nation Radio.

https://www.ofcom.org.uk/consultations-and-statements/category-3/nation-radio-request-to-change-format

Statement on Ofcom’s rules on due impartiality, due accuracy, elections and referendums

  • Consultation
  • Statement
  • Start: 11 November 2016
  • Status: Statement published
  • End: 16 January 2017

Ofcom is carrying out a review of the suitability of the list of larger parties for the purposes of Ofcom’s Broadcasting Code and rules on party political and referendum broadcasts (PPRB Rules).

https://www.ofcom.org.uk/consultations-and-statements/category-2/broadcast-impartiality-accuracy-and-elections-rules-review

Advertisement of a national radio Additional Services licence

  • Consultation
  • Start: 07 December 2016
  • Status: Closed
  • End: 30 January 2017

Ofcom is proposing to advertise a new Additional Service licence in the first quarter of 2017 using the same spare capacity on the Classic FM frequencies.

https://www.ofcom.org.uk/consultations-and-statements/category-2/advertisement-of-a-national-radio-additional-services-licence

Proposed Annual Plan 2017/18

  • Consultation
  • Start: 29 November 2016
  • Status: Closed
  • End: 07 February 2017

Ofcom exists to make communications markets work for everyone. To achieve this, we are proposing three main goals: to promote competition and ensure that markets work effectively for consumers; to secure standards and improve quality; and to protect consumers from harm.

https://www.ofcom.org.uk/consultations-and-statements/category-1/proposed-annual-plan-2017-18

Heartland FM & Wave 102 - Requests to change format

  • Consultation
  • Start: 04 October 2016
  • Status: Closed
  • End: 11 October 2016

Ofcom is consulting on whether to approve Format Change Requests from the owners of Heartland FM in Perth and Wave 102 in Dundee.

https://www.ofcom.org.uk/consultations-and-statements/category-3/heartlandfm-wave102

Renewal of the Independent National Radio licences

  • Consultation
  • Licensing information
  • Start: 27 May 2016
  • Status: Closed
  • End: 24 June 2016

The UK’s three national analogue (FM and AM) commercial radio licences (currently held by Classic FM, TalkSport and Absolute Radio) are all due to expire in 2018. Under the Broadcasting Act 1990 (as amended), all three licences qualify for a further five year renewal. This means that each licensee can apply to extend their licence, rather than having to re-apply for their licence in an open competition

https://www.ofcom.org.uk/consultations-and-statements/category-3/renewal-independent-national-radio-licences

Broadcasting Transmission Services: a review of the market

  • Consultation
  • Statement
  • Start: 31 March 2016
  • Status: Statement published
  • End: 09 June 2016

In 2005 we concluded a review of the market for broadcasting transmission services. As a result of this review, we found that Crown Castle and ntl:broadcast, which both now form part of Arqiva, had significant market power in the market for the provision of access to masts and sites and shared or shareable antenna systems.

https://www.ofcom.org.uk/consultations-and-statements/category-1/broadcasting-transmission-services

Sam FM Format Change

  • Consultation
  • Statement
  • Start: 28 October 2015
  • Status: Statement published
  • End: 25 November 2015

Celador Radio Limited, which holds the commercial radio licence for Sam FM in Solent, wishes to change the ‘Character of Service’ of the station to broaden its target audience and the genres of music it plays.

https://www.ofcom.org.uk/consultations-and-statements/category-3/sam_fm_format_change

Chorley FM - Request to change key commitments

  • Consultation
  • Statement
  • Start: 16 September 2015
  • Status: Statement published
  • End: 13 October 2015

https://www.ofcom.org.uk/consultations-and-statements/category-3/chorley-fm-change-request

Review of the approach to community radio Key Commitments

  • Consultation
  • Statement
  • Start: 29 July 2015
  • Status: Statement published
  • End: 21 October 2015

This consultation seeks views on a proposal to streamline and simplify the Key Commitments.

https://www.ofcom.org.uk/consultations-and-statements/category-1/key-commitments

Radio City 2 and City Talk

  • Consultation
  • Statement
  • Start: 21 July 2015
  • Status: Statement published
  • End: 02 September 2015

https://www.ofcom.org.uk/consultations-and-statements/category-2/radio-city-2-and-city-talk

Chorley FM - Request to change key commitments

  • Consultation
  • Statement
  • Start: 29 January 2015
  • Status: Statement published
  • End: 25 February 2015

Chorley FM - Request to change key commitments

https://www.ofcom.org.uk/consultations-and-statements/category-3/chorley-fm

Statement: Extending local DAB coverage

  • Consultation
  • Statement
  • Start: 28 January 2015
  • Status: Statement published
  • End: 25 February 2015

https://www.ofcom.org.uk/consultations-and-statements/category-3/extend-dab-coverage