Radio broadcast update November 2021

07 December 2021

A round-up of radio broadcast licensing activity in November 2021.

Digital radio

Local/national DAB multiplex variations

The following multiplex variations were agreed during this period:

Change

Multiplex

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.

Cornwall

Addition of Radio Exe – A simulcast of licence number AL318 (Exeter).

Plymouth

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.

Channel Islands

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

Licensee Service name
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

Licence numberLicenseeReason
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

Licensee Service name
Celtic Music Radio Ltd Celtic Music Radio
Spice Project Ltd Spice Radio

C-DSP licences issued during this period

Licensee Service name
Hornradio Ltd RajoRadio
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.

For further information, please contact Ofcom's Community Radio team at communityradiofund@ofcom.org.uk or see the statement on Ofcom’s website.

Licences issued in this period

Service nameLicenseeLocation
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 nameLicenseeLocation 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

Licensee Service name
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

Licensee Service nameReason
Ashok Gurung BFBS Gurkha Radio Surrendered