Radio broadcast update November 2021
A round-up of radio broadcast licensing activity in November 2021.
Local/national DAB multiplex variations
The following multiplex variations were agreed during this period:
Removal of Goldmine – A music service offering classic gold genre of content appealing to listeners aged from 40 upwards, combined with speech and information relevant to the people living in Cornwall.
Addition of Radio Exe – A simulcast of licence number AL318 (Exeter).
Addition of Greatest Hits Radio UK – A classic hits service aimed primarily at the over-40s.
Removal of Magic at the Musicals – The best of musical theatre plus theatre showbiz news and features.
|Edinburgh, Glasgow, Tayside|
Addition of Nation 60s – A music station predominately playing music from the 1960s.
Addition of Nation Hits – A music station predominantly playing current and recent pop music.
Small-scale DAB: extension of trial multiplexes
Trial licence area
New expiry date
|Birmingham||28 February 2022|
|Bristol||28 February 2022|
|Cambridge||31 March 2022|
These short extensions have been granted by Ofcom in order to provide continuity for programme service providers and their listeners following Ofcom’s recent awards of seven-year small scale radio multiplex licences in these areas, which are required to launch within 18 months of licence award.
Digital sound programme service (DSP) and digital additional sound (DAS) licences issued during this period
|KL1 Radio Limited||KL1 Radio|
|Sunshine Daze Media Group||Shine 879|
|Bay Trust Radio||Bay Trust Radio|
|Your Harrogate Limited||Your Harrogate|
|Arena Radio Limited||Arena Radio|
|Furness Broadcast Media CIC||CandoFM|
DSP and DAS licences which have ceased to be licensed (handed back or revoked) in this period
|DP000084||UKRD Group Ltd||Surrendered|
|DP100756||Minster Sound Radio (York) Ltd||Surrendered|
|DP100758||Stray FM Ltd||Surrendered|
|DP000131||Bauer Radio Ltd||Surrendered|
|DP000018||Lincs FM Group Ltd||Surrendered|
|DP000124||CRB Audio Group Ltd||Surrendered|
|DP103633||Array Sound Ltd||Surrendered|
|DP102555||Live Channel Cornwall Limited||Surrendered|
Community digital sound programme service (C-DSP) applications received during this period
|Celtic Music Radio Ltd||Celtic Music Radio|
|Spice Project Ltd||Spice Radio|
C-DSP licences issued during this period
|Jambo! Radio CIC||Jambo! Radio|
|Winchester Today DAB Radio CIC||Winchester Today|
Analogue commercial radio
Licence renewals granted in this period
A seven-year renewal has been granted to the following:
|Area||Service name||Current licensee|
|Central Scotland||Capital FM||Galaxy Radio Scotland Limited|
Change of control reviews
Whenever a local radio licence undergoes a ‘change of control’ (for example when it is sold), Ofcom is required under section 355 of the Communications Act 2003 to undertake a review of its programme output.
Specifically, Ofcom must review the likely effect of the change of control on:
- the quality and range of programmes included in the service;
- the character of the service, and;
- the extent to which local material and locally-made programmes are included in the service.
When the review has been completed, Ofcom may amend the content requirements of the licence.
Quidem local FM stations (PDF, 170.2 KB)
Published 24 November 2021
Analogue community radio
Community Radio Fund: Round 2, 2021-22
The second round of the Community Radio Fund 2021-22 opened for applications from eligible stations on 1 December and will close at 5pm on Friday 7 January 2022. The awarding Panel will meet in February 2022 to consider the applications.
In addition to the £178,533 available after the conclusion of the first round, DCMS has also made an additional £200,000 available for the second round of the Fund. This means that the total amount available to be awarded in the upcoming round is £378,533.
Grants can only be made to Ofcom-licensed community radio stations in the UK, broadcasting on AM, FM, or via a C-DSP licence on a digital radio multiplex. Applications from eligible licence-holders may be submitted in Welsh. Any application submitted in Welsh will be treated no less favourably than an application submitted in English.
Licences issued in this period
|Chiltern Voice||Chiltern Voice Ltd||Amersham & Chesham|
|Select Radio||Select Radio Ltd||Dulwich & Lewisham|
Licence extensions granted in this period
A five-year extension has been granted to the following:
|Service name||Licensee||Location||New expiry date|
|Sunny Govan Radio||Sunny Govan Community Media Group||Govan||22 March 2027|
|Hope FM||Voice of Hope Radio||Bournemouth||26 May 2027|
|Cross Rhythms||Spirit of Plymouth Ltd||Plymouth||28 March 2027|
|Oldham Community Radio 99.7FM||Oldham Community Broadcasting Limited||Oldham||16 March 2027|
|BCfm Radio||Bristol Community FM Ltd||Bristol||25 March 2027|
|Fantasy Radio||Fantasy Radio Limited||Devizes||28 February 2027|
|Black Diamond FM||Midlothian Community Media Association||Midlothian||28 March 2027|
|Chelmsford Community Radio||Chelmsford Community Radio CIC||Chelmsford||17 January 2027|
Long-term restricted service licences
Licences issued in this period
|Torbay Hospital Radio||Torbay Hospital Radio|
|David Riddles||Drive In Church Services|
|Andrew Stroud||Radio Mount Vernon|
Licences which have ceased to be licensed in this period
|Ashok Gurung||BFBS Gurkha Radio||Surrendered|