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Radio broadcast update March 2019

02 Ebrill 2019

Short-term restricted services

Guidance notes for licence applicants and licensees and the application form

Today, Ofcom has published amended SRSL guidance notes for applicants and licensees (PDF, 887.4 KB) and an amended application form (PDF, 1.0 MB). The amendments reflect our revised position on the purposes for broadcast which we will consider applications for. Ofcom will accept an application if the purpose is to trial a service where the plan is to broadcast on a digital radio multiplex in the future, if the opportunity becomes available. Please see the ‘Trial Services’ section of the guidance note and the revised 6.2 of the application form.

Analogue commercial radio

Licence pre-advertisements

Invitations to apply under fast-track

Ofcom has received one declaration for the following licence, from the current licensee. We are therefore inviting the incumbent licensee to re-apply for the licence under the ‘fast track’ procedure as set out in Ofcom’s guidelines:

Area (station) Current Licensee
Dumbarton (Your FM) Nation Radio Investments Limited

Re-awards

Ofcom has announced that it has re-awarded the following local FM commercial radio licence to the current licensee. The licence has been re-awarded under Ofcom’s ‘fast-track’ process, as set out in published guidelines, and will be for a period of 12 years from the current expiry date:

Area (station) Current licensee Current expiry date
Aberfeldy & Pitlochry Heartland FM 13 March 2019

Licence renewals granted in this period

A five-year renewal has been granted to the following:

Area (station) Current licensee

Cardiff and Newport (Capital FM)

Cardiff Broadcasting Company Ltd

A seven-year renewal has been granted to the following:

Area (station) Current licensee

Burgess Hill, Haywards Heath & Lewes (More Radio)

Media Sound Holdings Limited

Digital radio

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

Licensee
Sunoh Edinburgh Ltd
Southdown Media Ltd

DAB multiplex variations

The following multiplex variations were agreed during this period:

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Removal of 2BR - A music-led station for Lancashire focussing on local news and information. 2BR will be a simulcast of 2BR FM (Ofcom licence number AL101643) with an alternative commercial log and news bulletins.

Lancashire

Addition of Gold - A classic pop hits station, targeted primarily at 35 – 54 year olds.

Removal of Capital (Manchester) – A simulcast of Capital (Ofcom Licence number AL000033): A rhythmic based (e.g. dance, club etc) music-led service for 15 – 29 year olds supplemented with news, information and entertainment. The service should have particular appeal for listeners in their 20s.

Addition of Capital (Lancashire) – A simulcast of Capital (Ofcom Licence number AL101643): A locally-oriented mainstream popular music and information station for 15 to 44 year-olds in Lancashire.

Removal of Kiss Fresh – Non Stop New Beats.

Addition of Country Hits – A genre based music station playing primarily a range of modern country music (including American and UK) aimed at all adults.

Removal of Kiss Fresh – Non Stop New Beats.

Edinburgh

Glasgow

Humberside

Inverness

Leeds

Tyne & Wear

Tayside

Teesside

Liverpool

South Yorkshire

London 1

Birmingham

Manchester

Addition of Country Hits – A genre based music station playing primarily a range of modern country music (including American and UK) aimed at all adults.

Removal of Kiss Fresh – Non Stop New Beats.

Northern Ireland
Addition of Greatest Hits Radio – A classic hits led pop music-led service aimed primarily at the over 40s.

Removal of Absolute Classic Rock – A station known as Absolute Classic Rock, playing a selection of rock music from the last four decades.

Ayr
Addition of Country Hits – A genre based music station playing primarily a range of modern country music (including American and UK) aimed at all adults.

Removal of Rathergood Radio – A broad hits-based station providing local information for 25 to 54 year-olds in the Darlington, Durham and Northallerton areas, with a strong commitment to local news.

North Yorkshire
Addition of Original 106 – A simulcast of Ofcom licence number AL000324: A locally focused, broad music and information station for north-east scotland with particular appeal for 35-59 year old listeners, with 24-hour news.Aberdeen

Analogue community radio

Community Radio Fund – Round 2, 2019-20

The first round of the Community Radio Fund 2019-20 opens for applications from eligible stations on 9 April and will close at 5pm on Tuesday 7 May 2019. The awarding Panel will meet in June 2019 to consider the applications.

The application form (DOCX, 79.9 KB) and guidance notes (PDF, 126.9 KB) are available online and prospective applicants are advised to read the issues of note arising from the last Panel meeting and the advice for applicants (PDF, 202.5 KB).

For further information, please contact Ofcom's community radio team at: communityradiofund@ofcom.org.uk

Licences issued in this period

Service nameLicenseeLocation

Leyland Radio

Leyland Community Radio Ltd

Leyland, Lancashire

Mighty Radio

Mighty Radio Ltd

Southport, Merseyside

Winchester RadioWinchester Radio (CIO)Winchester, Hampshire

Licence extensions granted in this period

A five-year extension has been granted to the following:

Service nameLicenseeLocation New expiry date

MônFM

Menter Môn Cyf

Anglesey

11 July 2024

Services which have ceased to be licensed (handed back or revoked) in this period

Service nameLicenseeLocation Reason

Cross Rhythms Teesside

Tees Valley Christian Media

Stockton on Tees

Licence surrender

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).

Service nameLocation

Belfast 89FM

Belfast

Castledown FM

Tidworth/Ludgershall, Wiltshire

Radio Panj

Coventry

Please note:

Ofcom received over 130 requests in total for an improvement or an extension from existing community radio stations. It will take us some time to complete all the work required to assess each one; we have dealt first with requests for improvements before we turned our attention to extension requests.

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, 325.1 KB) for further information.

If a technical change is possible, in each case we will consider whether the request is in line with the requirements we set out in the guidance, including the statutory criteria, as part of our process. We will get back to each applicant in due course, by email.