Radio broadcast update December 2022

13 January 2023

Information about Ofcom’s broadcast radio licensing activity with regard to both the commercial and community radio sectors.


Digital radio

Local/national DAB multiplex variations

The following multiplex variations were agreed during this period:

ChangeMultiplex
Addition of Matryoshka Radio*  - A Russian language service with a mix of Russian and world pop music hits, news and entertainment.London 3

*The service was previously removed from the same multiplex on 1 November 2022.

Small-scale DAB multiplex licence awards

The following small-scale radio multiplex licence awards were made during this period:

Licence areaSuccessful applicant company
Glenrothes and KirkcaldyGK DAB Limited
LudlowMurfin Media (Digital) Limited
Newport and ChepstowGwent Digital Broadcasting Limited
TorbayTorDab Limited

Grant of small-scale DAB multiplex licences

The following small-scale radio multiplex licences were granted during this period:

Licence areaLicenseeTransmitters licensedDate from
South BirminghamSouth Birmingham Digital Radio Limited

Birmingham – Metropolitan House

Solihull – Wharf Lane

14 December 2022

14 December 2022

CoventryCoventry Community Digital Radio CICCoventry – William Batchelor House15 December 2022

Digital sound programme service (DSP) and digital additional sound (DAS) licences issued during this period

LicenseeService name
Maxxwave LtdMaxxwave Test (Leicester)
Black Country Community Development LtdGulshan Radio
Fubar Radio LtdFubar Radio
The Adelphe Community Outreach SCIOHeartsong Live
Creative Community Media CICDance Asia Radio

Community digital sound programme service (C-DSP) applications received during this period

LicenseeService nameArea
TorDab LtdDevon20Twenty South DevonTorbay
ROQ RAW Radio LimitedRoq Raw RadioMilton Keynes

Community digital sound programme service (C-DSP) licences issued during this period

LicenseeService nameArea
Keynsham Town Community RadioKTCRFMEast Bristol, Mangotsfield and Keynsham
Coventry and Warwickshire Media Community Limited (CWMC)Radio PlusCoventry
Radio PANJ LimitedRadio PanjCoventry

Community digital sound programme service (C-DSP) transferred during in this period

Service NamePrevious licenseeNew licensee
Heartsong LiveThe Adelphe Community Outreach CICThe Adelphe Community Outreach SCIO

Radio licensable content services (RLCS) licences issued during in this period

LicenseeService name
Bauer Radio LtdGreatest Hits Radio UK

Analogue commercial radio

Licence renewals granted in this period

A ten year renewal has been granted to the following:

AreaService nameCurrent Licensee
BradfordSunrise FMBradford City Radio Limited
Peterborough and surrounding areaHeartGlobal Radio Limited
BirminghamCapitalGalaxy Radio Birmingham Limited
BelfastQ RadioBelfast City Beat Limited
Southend and ChelmsfordSmooth RadioGlobal Radio (AM) Limited
PeterboroughGoldGlobal Radio (AM) Limited
BournemouthSmooth RadioGlobal Radio (AM) Limited
Greater LondonSmooth RadioSmooth Radio London Limited
BournemouthHeartTwo Counties Radio Limited
BrixtonCapital XtraCapital Xtra Limited
Exeter/TorbayHeartGemini Radio Limited
DundeeTay 2Bauer Radio Limited
DundeeTay FMBauer Radio Limited
CoventryFree RadioBauer Radio Limited
Greater LondonMagicBauer Radio Limited
Greater LondonKissBauer Radio Limited

Analogue community radio

Community Radio Fund – Round 2, 2022-23

The second round of the Community Radio Fund 2022-23 closed for applications on Friday 16 December 2022. The Community Radio Fund Panel will meet in due course to consider the applications received, and a full statement of grants awarded will be made public in due course.

For further information, please contact Ofcom's Community Radio team at communityradiofund@ofcom.org.uk

Licence extensions granted in this period

A five year extension has been granted to the following:

Service nameLicenseeLocationNew expiry date
Black Country RadioWaterfront Media C.I.C.Stourbridge31 December 2027
Radio St Austell BayRadio St Austell Bay Community Interest CompanySt Austell27 January 2028
Calon FMWrexham Community Broadcasting CICWrexham3 February 2028
Phonic FMExeter Community Radio t/a Phonic FMExeter13 February 2028

Key Commitments changes

Each station has as part of its licence, ‘Key Commitments’ which outline what the essential nature of the service is and details any specific expectations of that service. Licensees may request changes to a station’s Key Commitments. Information about the process, including an application form, is available on our website.

Changes to Key Commitments agreed in this period:

Corby Radio
Published 5 December 2022

Cinque Ports Radio
Published 14 December 2022