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Proposal to apply Code Powers to IX Wireless Limited

This document sets out Ofcom’s proposal to apply the electronic communications code (“the Code”) to IX Wireless Limited.

Consultation: How should On-demand Programme Services be made accessible?

This document seeks input in relation to improving the accessibility of regulated video on-demand programme services (“ODPS”) to those with hearing and/or visual impairments.


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Consultation: Proposed Annual Plan 2018-19

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

Our proposed Annual Plan 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

Review of music in radio Formats

  • Consultation
  • Statement
  • Start: 22 January 2015
  • Status: Statement published
  • End: 02 April 2015

We confirm our proposal to allow certain synonymous descriptions to be simplified in to 'mainstream popular music' without the need to consider any such changes in accordance with the statutory Format change process.

https://www.ofcom.org.uk/consultations-and-statements/category-1/formats-review

Blast 106: Request to change key commitments

  • Consultation
  • Statement
  • Start: 16 December 2014
  • Status: Statement published
  • End: 16 January 2015

Ofcom has published this consultation document following a request from Blast 106 Limited, which holds a community radio licence for Belfast, to change the key commitments of its service Blast 106.

https://www.ofcom.org.uk/consultations-and-statements/category-3/blast-106

Small Scale DAB trial

  • Consultation
  • Statement
  • Start: 29 October 2014
  • Status: Statement published
  • End: 10 December 2014

This statement concludes Ofcom’s consultation on how it will license trial small scale DAB multiplex services.

https://www.ofcom.org.uk/consultations-and-statements/category-2/small-scale-dab