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

07 March 2017

Licence Area Station Name Expiry date of existing licence Licence 'pre-advertisement'1 Licence re-advertisement (if required)2
Ipswich TOWN 102 18 October 2018 September 2017 October 2017
Swansea SWANSEA BAY RADIO 4 November 2018 September 2017 October 2017
Bridlington YORKSHIRE COAST RADIO 6 November 2018 September 2017 October 2017
Bristol THE BREEZE 25 November 2018 September 2017 October 2017
South Hams HEART 30 November 2018 October 2017 November 2017
Newry Q100.5 11 December 2018 October 2017 November 2017
Greater London* LYCA RADIO 1458 31 December 2018 November 2017 December 2017
Coleraine Q97.2 25 January 2019 November 2017 December 2017
Lincoln LINCS FM 28 February 2019 December 2017 January 2018
Pitlochry & AberfeldyHeartland FM13 March 2018January 2018February 2018
BridgendBridge FM30 April 2019February 2018March 2018
BristolSam FM19 May 2019March 2018April 2018
BlackpoolRadio Wave24 May 2019March 2018April 2018
NewburyThe Breeze28 May 2019March 2018April 2018
Ceredigion Radio Ceredigion31 May 2019March 2018April 2018
NorthallertonMinster FM10 June 2019April 2018May 2018
Manchester*Gold18 June 2019April 2018May 2018
King's LynnKL.FM30 June 2019April 2018May 2018
York*Minster FM30 June 2019April 2018May 2018
Bridgwater & West SomersetThe Breeze03 July 2019May 2018June 2018
Kintyre, Islay & JuraArgyll FM09 July 2019May 2018June 2018
Burnley & Pendle2BR24 July 2019May 2018June 2018
Aberdeen*Northsound 128 July 2019May 2018June 2018
Aberdeen*Northsound 228 July 2019May 2018June 2018
Kingston-upon-HullKCFM31 July 2019May 2018June 2018
Leeds*Radio Aire31 August 2019June 2018July 2018
Leeds*Radio Aire 231 August 2019June 2018July 2018
North East England*Heart31 August 2019June 2018July 2018
North West England*Smooth Radio31 August 2019June 2018July 2018
Greater LondonLyca Dil Se31 August 2019June 2018July 2018

* 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.