Radio broadcast update November 2022

05 July 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:

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Removal of TX1 Radio  - A radio station for Doncaster, Bassetlaw and the surrounding area, playing great music from the 60s to today, with local news and information.

Lincolnshire

Addition of Gateway - Gateway is for residents of Basildon and the surrounding area. It provides a service to reach and involve the communities of Basildon and East Thurrock and enhance community cohesion. (Temporary service broadcasting from 01 to 31 December).

Removal of Unity DAB - A pioneering dance music radio station that specialises in underground music, for the people by the people. United through music.

Essex

Removal of Bay Trust Radio - Bay Trust Radio provides a local radio service to people living in North Lancashire and South Cumbria with local information, news and music.

Morecambe Bay

Removal of Care Radio - Social Affairs – the station is here to surprise, delight and support the UKs carers, paid or unpaid, and those they care for.

Removal of Abacus Radio - Abacus Radio will provide a music service featuring various genres, accompanied by spoken word.

Surrey

Radio multiplex licence renewals

The following radio multiplex licences have been granted a renewal during this period:

MultiplexLicensee New Expiry date
Bradford & Huddersfield Bauer Digital Media Limited 31 December 2030
Peterborough Now Digital Limited 31 December 2030
Leicestershire Now Digital (East Midlands) Limited 31 December 2030

Small-scale DAB multiplex licence awards

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

Licence Area

Successful applicant company

Milton Keynes MK Digital Media Limited
Rutland and Stamford Creativity Media Services Limited
Swindon and Marlborough Community Radio Swindon Limited
Wetherby and Harrogate Wetherby and Harrogate Local DAB Limited
Yorkshire Coast East Coast Digital Radio Limited

Grant of small-scale DAB multiplex licences

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

Licence areaLicensee Transmitters licensed Date from
Exeter ExeDAB Limited

Cranbrook Education Campus

Exeter College

Exeter – Hilltop Riding School

09 November 2022

09 November 2022

09 November 2022

East Bristol, Magnotsfield & Keynsham Bristol Digital Radio CIC

Bristol – Broadwalk Shopping Centre

Clifton Heights

Burnett Business Park

10 November 2022

10 November 2022

10 November 2022

Clevedon, Avonmouth & Filton Severnside Digital Radio CIC

Bristol – UWE

Bristol – Kings Weston

14 November 2022

14 November 2022

Basingstoke UK DAB Networks (Operations) Limited Basingstoke 30 November 2022

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

Licensee Service Name

Voice FM Limited

Voice FM

Islam Radio Ltd

Marefa Radio

Abid Hussain

XL UK Radio

Bootlace Radio Productions Limited

Jambo! Radio

Jambo! Radio C.I.C.

Skylinegold Radio

Red Rose Radio Limited

Red Rose Radio

Blue Sky Radio Ltd

Blue Sky Radio

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

Licensee Service NameArea
City of God Christian Centre C.O.G (City of God) Grand Radio Newcastle and Gateshead
Edinburgh & North Edinburgh Community Interest Company Edinburgh’s Mix1 Radio Edinburgh

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

Licensee Service NameArea
Bounce FM Ltd Bounce Digital Newry
BFBS Edinburgh Limited BFBS Edinburgh Edinburgh

Analogue Commercial Radio

Analogue station Format Changes

Each station has as part of its licence, a ‘Format’ which outlines what the essential nature of the service is and details any specific expectations of that service. 
Any changes to a format can only be made by following the correct procedure and with the appropriate permission from Ofcom.

Station

Jack3 Chill (Oxford)

Published 28|11|2022

Analogue Community Radio

Community Radio Fund – Round 2, 2022-23

The second round of the Community Radio Fund 2022-23 opened for applications from eligible stations on Thursday 17 November 2022, and will close at 5pm on Friday 16 December 2022.

Following the successful completion of the first round of funding in the summer, £151,421 is available for applicants in this round of funding. On 29 November, we announced that DCMS had provided an additional £100,000 for this round of the Fund, meaning a total of £251,421 is available for applicants.

The Community Radio Fund supports the core costs of running Ofcom-licensed community radio stations, as set out in the guidance notes published below. Applicants should read these guidance notes in full before submitting an application. Applicants should note in particular that the Fund cannot be used for costs such as rent or bills, nor to make up for a shortfall in other funds.

Licensees who hold a Community Digital Sound Programme (C-DSP) licence are eligible to apply for the Fund if the station is broadcasting on a digital radio multiplex at the date of their application.

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.

We expect that the Community Radio Fund Panel will meet in January 2023 to consider the applications received. However, scheduling may depend on the volume of applications we receive.

For further information, please contact the Community Radio Fund team at communityradiofund@ofcom.org.uk

Licence extensions granted in this period

A five year extension has been granted to the following:

Service NameLicenseeLocation New expiry date
Youthcomm Radio Youth Community Media Worcester 18 November 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 https://www.ofcom.org.uk/manage-your-licence/radio-broadcast-licensing/amend

Changes to Key Commitments agreed in this period:

Oldham Community Radio

Published 04|11|2022

Coverage improvement and extension requests

During the last month the services listed below have had their requests for a coverage improvement provisionally agreed, subject to the new technical arrangements going through our usual formal clearance process (this includes Ofcom liaising with a number of outside agencies before changes can be implemented). We have considered the following requests to constitute coverage improvements.

Coverage improvements agreed:

Service NameLocation
West Hull Community Radio (WHCR) West Hull
West Kent Radio Tonbridge, Southborough and Tunbridge Wells