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Commercial radio industry data collection

06 Chwefror 2020

All licensed commercial radio broadcasters must complete the Radio Relevant Turnover Return every year for each licence they hold, unless specifically exempted.

Submitting returns

Return submissions should be made through the Ofcom online services portal.

The deadline for this year’s returns is 20 March 2020.

Guidance on submissions

For information on the data required and the submission process, see our user guide for radio relevant turnover returns (PDF, 1.5 MB).

We would also remind data providers and submitters:

  • In cases where multiple licences share a common station name, care should be taken to ensure that data for a service is submitted against the correct licence number.
  • In order to avoid double-counting of revenues, revenues should not be duplicated across licences:
    • In cases where revenues from a service covering multiple licences are reported against a single licence, please ensure that you use the comments field to note this and enter zeros against revenue for licences where appropriate
    • Community radio station revenues should be entered against your annual Community Radio data return (submitted via spreadsheet template to the Community Radio team) and a zero-revenue return made for a simulcast of this on a DAB or cable/satellite licence in MID
  • Please use the comments field to:
    • Explain year-on-year variances of +/- 10%,
    • Describe components of any ‘other relevant turnover’ / ‘other turnover’
    • Draw to our attention any other issue or matter that you consider relevant

Failure to provide data

Please note, Condition 9 of your Local Sound Broadcasting licence and Additional Radio Services licence, Condition 11 of your National Sound Broadcasting licence and Condition 8 of your Digital Sound Programme licence states that you are to "furnish to Ofcom in such a manner and at such times as Ofcom may reasonably require such documents, accounts, returns, estimates, reports, notices or other information as Ofcom may require for the purpose of exercising the functions assigned to it by or under the 1990 Act, the 1996 Act or the Communications Act.”

Failure to provide the data requested in the specified time may lead to enforcement action being taken, in line with our General Procedures for investigating breaches of broadcast licences (PDF, 244.6 KB).

Contact us

For anything else, get in touch, stating your organisation and licence numbers.



Ofcom Market Intelligence
2a Southwark Bridge Road
London SE1 9HA