Planned timetable for the re-advertisement of local analogue commercial radio licences and the advertisements, applications and awards

12 March 2019

Licence Area Station Name Expiry date of existing licence Licence 'pre-advertisement'1 Licence re-advertisement (if required)2
DumbartonYOUR RADIO29 May 2020March 2019 (PDF, 162.4 KB)April 2019
Medway Towns*KMFM31 August 2020May 2019June 2019
Greater London*RADIO X31 August 2020May 2019June 2019
Weymouth & DorchesterWESSEX FM03 September 2020June 2019July 2019
Greater London*HEART 03 September 2020June 2019July 2019
Leicester*SABRAS RADIO06 September 2020June 2019July 2019
Leicester*CAPITAL 06 September 2020June 2019July 2019
East Midlands*GEM 10622 September 2020June 2019July 2019
Preston, Leyland & Chorley2BR24 September 2020June 2019July 2019
Preston & Blackpool*GREATEST HITS RADIO04 October 2020June 2019August 2019
Preston and Blackpool*ROCK FM04 October 2020July 2019August 2019
Swindon & West Wiltshire*HEART 11 October 2020July 2019August 2019
Swindon & West Wiltshire*SMOOTH RADIO11 October 2020July 2019August 2019
Greater London*CAPITAL15 October 2020July 2019August 2019
Greater London*GOLD 15 October 2020July 2019August 2019
Kendal & WindermereSMOOTH RADIO26 October 2020July 2019August 2019
PerthWAVE FM04 November 2020August 2019September 2019
WarminsterTHE BREEZE 04 November 2020August 2019September 2019
Scarborough*YORKSHIRE COAST RADIO06 November 2020August 2019September 2019
East of  England*KISS21 November 2020August 2019September 2019
Bradford & Huddersfield*PULSE 203 December 2020September 2019October 2019
Bradford &  Huddersfield*PULSE 103 December 2020September 2019October 2019
Peterhead*WAVES RADIO05 December 2020September 2019October 2019
Glasgow & West Central Scotland*CLYDE 130 December 2020September 2019October 2019
Glasgow & West Central Scotland*CLYDE 230 December 2020September 2019October 2019
CoventryTOUCH FM31 December 2020September 2019October 2019
Mid UlsterQ RADIO31 January 2021October 2019November 2019
Birmingham*ABSOLUTE CLASSIC ROCK17 February 2021November 2019December 2019
Birmingham*FREE RADIO 17 February 2021November 2019December 2019
Omagh & EnniskillenQ RADIO18 March 2021December 2019January 2020
Liverpool*CAPITAL26 March 2021December 2019January 2020

* Each of these licences currently qualifies for renewal under the Broadcasting Act 1990 and thus may not be pre-advertised.

The dates in the above table (apart from the expiry date of the existing licence) are subject to revision, as circumstances dictate.

In accordance with Ofcom's published policy (PDF, 252.0 KB), any licence whose existing holder does not commit to maintaining its current Format will be fully re-advertised in accordance with the above timetable.


1. Licence 'pre-advertisement' involves Ofcom inviting declarations of intent to apply for the licence. A declaration of intent must be accompanied by a cash deposit. If no declaration of intent is received from anyone except the existing licensee, Ofcom can proceed with a 'fast track' re-licensing of the existing licensee. If more than one declaration of intent is received, the licence will be re-advertised.

2. There will be at least a three month period between advertisement date and closing date for applications.