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.
Short-term restricted service licence applications received by Ofcom to broadcast between 3 May and 7 June 2019
We received applications for short-term restricted service licences to broadcast between 3 May and 7 June 2019 in the following areas:
In the case of Leicester, a new community radio service called Radio Seerah is now licensed and will launch its full service shortly, following a period of testing. Radio Seerah targets the Muslim community. As a result, we will not award a licence to broadcast an SRSL for Ramadan in Leicester.
We have now conducted a draw in each of the four geographical areas where we received multiple applications. The order in which the applications were drawn, is published below.
Bina Begum Shah
Faryal Shama Afaq
We are in the process of assessing the relevant applications (including ones where a draw was not necessary), as outlined in our statement published on 5 November 2018.
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.