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Radio broadcast update January 2020

04 Chwefror 2020

Analogue Commercial Radio

Licence ‘pre-advertisements’

Ofcom has today invited declarations of intent to apply for the following FM local commercial radio licence. Please click on the ‘area’ in the first column for
further detail on the pre-advertisements:

Area/current Licensee (station)Current expiryProposed expiry date following re-awardClosing date for declarations of intent
Aylesbury/Mix 96 Ltd (Mix 96) (PDF, 182.4 KB)14 April 202114 April 203324 February 2020

Licence renewals granted in this period

A five year renewal has been granted to the following:

Area (station)Current licensee
Glasgow and West Central Scotland (Clyde 1)Bauer Radio Limited
Glasgow and West Central Scotland (Clyde 2)Bauer Radio Limited

Local radio licence transfers

Ofcom has approved the transfer of the following local commercial licences:

AreaStation namePrevious licenseeNew licensee
Tyne & WearMetro Radio LtdMetro Radio LtdBauer Radio Limited
HumbersideGreatest Hits RadioViking Radio LtdBauer Radio Limited
HumbersideViking FMViking Radio LtdBauer Radio Limited
TeessideGreatest Hits RadioTFM Radio LtdBauer Radio Limited
TeessideTFMTFM Radio LtdBauer Radio Limited
Greater LondonAbsolute RadioAbsolute Radio LimitedBauer Radio Limited
LiverpoolCity TalkRadio City (Sound of Merseyside)Bauer Radio Limited
LeicestershireGem 106Orion Media (East Midlands) LimitedBauer Radio Limited
BirminghamFree RadioBirmingham Broadcasting LtdBauer Radio Limited
BirminghamAbsolute Classic RockBirmingham Broadcasting LtdBauer Radio Limited
Wolverhampton & ShropshireFree RadioBeacon Broadcasting LtdBauer Radio Limited

Coverage improvements and extensions

Coverage improvement agreed:

Service nameLocation
Radio ExeExeter

Audio distribution systems restricted service licences (ADSRSL) surrendered during this period

LicenseeService name
Barnsley Football Club (2002) LimitedBarnsley Football Club

Digital Radio

Digital sound programme service (DSPS) licences issued during in this period

Licensee
Glow Broadcasting Limited

DAB multiplex variations

The following multiplex variations were agreed during this period:

ChangeMultiplex
Addition of Talk Sport (Scotland) – A 24-hour speech service featuring primarily sports-related programming. Regular news bulletins will be included. (A simulcast of licence AN003)Aberdeen, Central Scotland
Addition of Virgin Radio Groove – A music service playing rhythmic & pop tracks from the 70s, 80s, 90s and 00s.Ayr
Addition of Radio 210 - A music led station predominantly playing 80s and 90s.Berkshire & North Hampshire

Analogue Community Radio

Licences awarded in this period

Ofcom has announced, and published the reasons for, the award of the following community radio licences:

Service nameArea
Border City RadioCarlisle, Cumbria
Chiltern VoiceAmersham and Chesham, Bucks
Radio BallymenaBallymena, County Antrim
Wallingford RadioWallingford, Oxfordshire

The full statement can be viewed on our website.

Licences issued in this period

Service nameLicenseeLocation
Vanny RadioVanny Radio-Community BroadcastersCoventry
Keynsham Town Community RadioKeynsham Town Community RadioBristol
Caithness FMCaithness FM LimitedCaithness

Licence extensions granted in this period

A five year extension has been granted to the following:

Service nameLicenseeLocationNew expiry date
Quay FMAlderney Broadcasting Company LimitedAlderney11 February 2025

Coverage improvement and extension requests

During 2018, Ofcom invited community radio stations to submit requests for coverage improvements and extensions if they wished. During the last month the services listed below have had their requests provisionally agreed, subject to the new technical arrangements going through our usual formal clearance process (this includes Ofcom liaising with a number of outside agencies before changes can be implemented).

Coverage extensions agreed:

See the invitation to apply (PDF, 325.1 KB) for the range of factors we take into account when considering these requests (in particular, paragraphs 2.46-2.49).

Station

Beyond Radio

Current license area

Lancaster and Morecambe

Extended license area

Lancaster, Morecambe and Carnforth

Reasons for agreeing to the extension

Increase in the licensed area: An extension via a low-power relay for Carnforth was agreed because the increase in the area and population served was deemed not to be significant.

Exceptional circumstances: Ofcom did not need to consider whether there were ‘exceptional circumstances’ to justify an increase in this case.

Other considerations:

  • Carnforth has a close affinity with the licensed area and many residents work, study or socialise there, but as Carnforth is not currently served they are unable to listen to the service once they leave Lancaster.
  • The station already has volunteers from Carnforth, and the station says its “outreach efforts include this important part of our local population”.
  • The station already broadcasts news and information about Carnforth.
Station

Cando FM

Current license area

Barrow-in-Furness

Extended license area

Barrow-in-Furness and Ulverston

Reasons for agreeing to the extension

Increase in the licensed area: An extension via a relay for Ulverston was agreed because the increase in the area and population served was deemed not to be significant.

Exceptional circumstances: Ofcom did not need to consider whether there were ‘exceptional circumstances’ to justify an increase in this case.

Other considerations:

  • The Licensee provided evidence of support for   the extended coverage, including from a range of organisations active throughout the area.
  • There are a number of affinities between Barrow in Furness and Ulverston including for example, many people who live in Barrow and work in Ulverston, and vice versa.
  • The Furness Peninsula includes isolated rural communities and a relay at Ulverston will extend coverage to include some of these.
Station

Iur FM

Current license area

Newry

Extended license area

Newry and Warrenpoint

Reasons for agreeing to the extension

Increase in the licensed area: The addition of a relay for Warrenpoint has been a agreed to extend the licensed area of this service. The increase in the adult population served was deemed not to be significant.

Exceptional circumstances: Ofcom did not need to consider whether there were ‘exceptional circumstances’ to justify an increase in this case.

Other considerations:

  • The applicant said that there were a number   of affinities and relationships between the city of Newry and Warrenpoint. For example, many Warrenpoint residents travel to Newry for work, school or shopping, and Newry is the seat of local government for the area.
  • The close proximity of Warrenpoint to Newry   means that the service can already be heard in some places, but the local geography means the signal is weak and patchy. The relay will overcome this.
  • The station has presenters and volunteers from Warrenpoint, and the station already broadcasts output of interest ad importance to residents in Warrenpoint. A survey indicated support for the relay from local residents.
Station

Ninesprings FM

Current license area

Yeovil and surrounding area

Extended license area

Yeovil, Chard and Wincanton

Reasons for agreeing to the extension

Increase in the licensed area: An extension via a power increase, and two relays (one for Chard and one for Wincanton) was AGREED because the increase in the area and population served was deemed not to be significant.

Exceptional circumstances: Ofcom did not need to consider whether there were ‘exceptional circumstances’ to justify an increase in this case.

Other considerations:

  • A power increase in Yeovil will help overcome interference to the signal in places already served, as well as extending the service area slightly. Relays for Chard and Wincanton are the best way to extend the service to cover these towns (due to the local terrain).
  • There are clear affinities across the wider area, which are all part of the South Somerset District Council area. The station already covers the whole district editorially.
  • The station proposes to ensure the communities of Chard and Wincanton have opportunities to participate by building contribution studios in both towns, building partnerships with local organisations, and training local people to make programmes.
Station

Radio Reverb

Current license area

Central and East Brighton and Hove

Extended license area

Central and East Brighton and Hove

Reasons for agreeing to the extension

Increase in the licensed area: A power increase has been agreed to extend the licensed area of this service. The increase in the adult population served was deemed not to be significant.

Exceptional circumstances: Ofcom did not need to consider whether there were ‘exceptional circumstances’ to justify an increase in this case.

Other considerations:

  • The Licensee said that there had been changes in Brighton since it started broadcasting 12 years ago, including new high rise buildings that block the signal, the growth of the suburbs, and high rents leading to more of its listener-base moving out of the centre.
  • The power increase will enable the station to   reach parts of Brighton and Hove that it cannot currently. The licensee argued that people in these areas have a strong affinity with the currently   licensed area and would benefit from its service of locally-relevant speech and music programmes.
  • The station already carries material aimed at the population in extended area. It will continue to broadcast “discussions, current affairs coverage, in-depth interviews and sports focused on people living in these areas”.

Please note:

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 (or to a frequency that we may be considering for a relay). Please see the guidance document (PDF, 325.1 KB) for further information.