Radio broadcast update March 2022

07 April 2022

Digital radio

Local/national DAB multiplex variations

The following multiplex variations were agreed during this period:

ChangeMultiplex

Addition of Great British Radio - Celebrating British voices, thoughts, lives and music.

Herts, Beds & Bucks

Removal of Scottish Sun Hits - A music station playing the biggest current songs and a selection of fresh new music.

Removal of Scottish Sun Chilled - A music station playing the greatest hits of all time.

Removal of Scottish Sun 80s - A music station playing the most popular songs from the 1980s.

Central Scotland

Addition of Breezy Radio - A simulcast of licence number AL102405. (‘A local speech and broad music station for the Swansea area aimed at the 35+ age group, regularly reflecting Welsh culture and language’).

North East Wales & West Cheshire

South East Wales

Removal of Nation Radio UK - A music station playing current and classic hits.

North East Wales & West Cheshire

Addition of River Radio – ‘The Voice of Thames Valley' is a digital radio station to educate, entertain and engage with listeners from Reading to Windsor.

Berkshire & North Hampshire

Removal of Polish Radio Full FM - A radio station playing music and news for the Polish community.

Surrey

Small-scale DAB: extension of trial multiplexes

Trial licence area

New expiry date

Norwich30 June 2022

This short extension to the Norwich trial licence has been granted by Ofcom in order to provide continuity for programme service providers and their listeners following Ofcom’s recent award of a seven-year small scale radio multiplex licence for this area, which is required to launch within 18 months of licence award.

Digital sound programme service (DSP) and Digital additional sound (DAS) licences which have ceased to be licensed (handed back or revoked) in this period

Licensee

Service name

A Spokesman Said LimitedLove Talk
A Spokesman Said LimitedLove Sport Radio

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

Licensee

Service name

Radio TynesideRadio Tyneside (Tynemouth and South Shields)
Rutland and Stamford Sound CICRutland and Stamford Sound
Community Broadcast Initiative Tyneside LtdNova Radio North East
Leicester Community Radio 2 Broadcasting CICLCR2
Leicester Community Radio Broadcasting CICLCR1
Pride Community Network LtdPride Radio
Kohinoor Media LtdKohinoor FM
Radio Lisburn Live CICRadio Lisburn Live

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

Licensee

Service name

South Norfolk Radio CICSouth Norfolk Radio
All Things Blackburn Radio LtdAll Things Blackburn Radio
Radio TynesideRadio Tyneside (Newcastle and Gateshead)

Analogue commercial radio

Licence renewals granted in this period

A seven-year renewal has been granted to the following:

Area

Service name

Current Licensee

CornwallPirate FMBauer Radio Limited
AberdeenNorthsound 1Bauer Radio Limited
LeedsGreatest Hits RadioBauer Radio Limited
Severn EstuaryKISSBauer Radio Limited

Analogue community radio

Licences issued in this period

Service Name

Licensee

Location

AlfredThis is Alfred LimitedShaftsbury
EmbraceCreativity Media Services (Northampton) LtdNorthampton

Licence extensions granted in this period

A five year extension has been granted to the following:

Service name

Licensee

Location

New expiry date

Peterborough Community RadioPeterborough Community Radio LtdPeterborough13 April 2027
Wey Valley RadioWey Valley Radio (Alton) LtdAlton, Hampshire21 June 2027
1BTNAlias Music and Community Projects CICBrighton and Hove13 April 2027
Radio VerulamVerulam Community Radio LtdSt Albans6 July 2027
Harbour RadioHarbour Radio CICGreat Yarmouth29 August 2027

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, as well as an application form, are on our website here.

Changes to Key Commitments agreed in this period:

Cinque Ports Radio (Romney Marsh)
Published 1 April 2022

Coverage improvement and extension requests

Coverage extensions received:

During the last month the services listed below have requested an extension to their licence area. The application(s) are published on the community radio page of our website. Ofcom will accept representations up to one month following publication before we make a formal decision. Representations can be sent to broadcast.licensing@ofcom.org.uk

Service name

Location

106.9 SFMSittingbourne

Please note:

The success of an application is, amongst other things, dependent on frequency availability and whether there may be an increase in harmful outgoing interference to other stations. In every case we need to take account of other services (community, commercial and BBC) on the same frequency or an adjacent one to yours (or to a frequency that we may be considering for a relay). Please see the guidance document (PDF, 259.6 KB) for further information.