Radio broadcast update April 2022
A round-up of radio broadcast licensing activity in April 2022.
Local/national DAB multiplex variations
The following multiplex variations were agreed during this period:
|Addition of Fix Radio - A music, entertainment and information service aimed at builders and tradespeople throughout the UK.|
Sound Digital (National 2)
|Removal of Unity DAB - A radio station playing all forms of dance music.||Surrey|
Addition of Gateway - Gateway is for residents of Basildon and the surrounding area. It provides a service to reach and involve the communities of Basildon and East Thurrock and enhance community cohesion. (Service to air for one month, commencing on May 30).
|Removal of Mearns FM - A music and speech service for the South Aberdeenshire community.||Aberdeen|
Digital sound programme service (DSP) and digital additional sound (DAS) licences issued during this period
|East Devon Radio Ltd||East Devon Radio|
|Fix Radio Ltd||Fix Radio|
|Riviera FM Ltd||Riviera FM|
|Select Radio Limited||Select Radio|
Community digital sound programme service (C-DSP) applications received during this period
|Spice Project Limited||Spice Radio|
|Seerah Academy||Radio Seerah|
|WWL Radio||WWL Radio|
Community digital sound programme service (C-DSP) licences issued during this period
|Celtic Music Radio Ltd||Celtic Music Radio|
|Cambridge 105 FM Radio Ltd||Cambridge 105 Radio|
|Panj Pani Radio Ltd||Panj Pani Radio|
Analogue community radio
Licences issued in this period
|Dover FM||Dover Community Radio Community Interest Company||Dover|
|Wallingford Radio||Wallingford Radio Ltd||Wallingford|
Licence extensions granted in this period
A five year extension has been granted to the following:
|Service name||Licensee||Location||New expiry date|
|Frome FM||Frome Community Productions Community Interest Company||From||15 June 2027|
|Nova Radio North Earth 102.5FM||Community Broadcast Initiative Tyneside Ltd||Newcastle upon Tyne||7 June 2027|
|Colne Radio||Colne Radio Community Interest Company||Wivenhoe||7 April 2027|
Analogue community radio licence award offers which have been declined by the applicant
|Cheshire FM||Cheshire Radio Limited||Cheshire|
Key Commitments changes
Coverage extensions agreed:
See the guidance notes (PDF, 259.6 KB) for the range of factors we take into account when considering these requests (in particular, paragraphs 2.46-2.49).
|Station||Great Driffield Radio|
|Current licence area||Great Driffield|
|Extended licence area||Great Driffield and surrounding villages|
|Reasons for agreeing the extension|
An extension via a relay at Eddsfield Airfield was AGREED
The increase in the size of the adult population served was not deemed to be significant.
Exceptional circumstances: Ofcom did not need to consider whether there were ‘exceptional circumstances’ to justify an increase in this case.
The success of an application is, amongst other things, dependent on frequency availability and whether there may be an increase in harmful outgoing interference to other stations. In every case we need to take account of other services (community, commercial and BBC) on the same frequency or an adjacent one to yours (or to a frequency that we may be considering for a relay). Please see the guidance document (PDF, 259.6 KB) for further information.