On Monday 25 November 2019, Ofcom opened an application window for SRSL applicants hoping to broadcast on any dates between Monday 20 April 2020 and Tuesday 26 May 2020 inclusive. The application window closed at 5pm on Friday 6 December 2019.
We received more than one application for a short-term restricted service licence to broadcast between 20 April and 26 May 2020 in the following areas:
Stoke on Trent
On Friday 10 January 2020, Ofcom conducted six draws to decide which application will be taken forward for consideration in each case. Below is the order in which the applicants were drawn:
Mohamed Hussein Sheikh
Faryal Shama Afaq
Akeel Mohomed Zicar
Bina Begum Shah
Muhammad Riaz Shah
We received one application for our consideration in each case below. Each will be considered.
A Short Term Restricted Service Licence (SRSL) is a short-term radio licence broadcast on AM or FM analogue radio, granted for coverage of events, religious festivals or for trial broadcasts in preparation for applying for a longer-term licence. SRSLs are usually granted for a maximum of 28 consecutive days and are for small-scale community use. The service is restricted in both coverage and duration to make optimal use of the radio spectrum available for this type of licence, and to satisfy as far as is practicable the level of demand from applicants.
As existing commercial analogue radio licences approach their expiry date, our general approach is to issue a "pre-advertisement", inviting current or potential licensees to declare their intentions to apply. If more than one applicant declares an interest, we will issue a full re-advertisement of the licence and assess these according to our criteria. We will also advertise any licences that become available, for example if surrendered by the current licence holder.
A more straightforward way of setting up a radio service is to start an internet/intranet radio station. We do not regulate online-only radio services, and so these stations do not require a licence from Ofcom.
However, to play any music on an online station, you will need the relevant licences from the music royalty collection agencies, PPL and PRS for Music. These organisations operate separately from Ofcom, and you will need to contact them directly to find out if there are any additional requirements and costs.
Information on applying for a TV broadcast license including, Digital TV Programme Service/Digital TV Additional Service (DTPS/DTAS), Television Licensable Content Services (TLCS) , Local TV (L-DTPS), Restricted services for an event (RTSL-E)