Radio broadcast update October 2022

02 November 2022

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:

Addition of Capital Xtra Reloaded - A music-led service playing music predominantly hip hop and RnB.Sound Digital (national)
Addition of Happy Radio - A music-based radio station, playing the songs that make you smile across the North West.

Addition of Sound Radio UK - This is a pop-up station celebrating Local Radio Day 2022 by highlighting the work of local radio stations around the UK.

North East Wales & West Cheshire

Addition of Juice Radio - Kent’s urban and dance music station


Addition of Gen X - A feel-good radio service for Suffolk's' Generation X, playing music predominantly from 70s to 90s along with specialist programming featuring country, rock, soul, new wave and indie.


Removal of Matroyshka Radio - A Russian language service with a mix of Russian and world pop music hits, news and entertainment

London 3

Radio multiplex licence renewals

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

MultiplexLicenseeNew expiry date
Exeter, Torbay & North DevonNow Digital Limited31 December 2030

Small-scale DAB multiplex licence awards

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

Licence areaSuccessful applicant company
Oxford (PDF, 170.0 KB)Oxdab Limited
Taunton (PDF, 176.9 KB)Tone Community Media Group CIC
West Hull (PDF, 172.1 KB)Hull DAB Limited
York (PDF, 171.1 KB)York Digital Radio CIC

Ofcom has also extended the duration of the trial small-scale DAB multiplex licence for Bristol (which previously expired on 21 October 2022) until 1 December 2022.

Grant of small-scale DAB multiplex licences

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

Licence areaLicenseeTransmitters licensedDate from
CardiffCardiff DAB LimitedBarry – Awbery House

27 October 2022

Cardiff – University Hall

Mynydd Machen

Dudley & Stourbridge

Digimux Limited

Brierley Hill – St. Michael’s

29 October 2022
Dudley – King Street

King’s Lynn

North Norfolk Digital Limited

King's Lynn – College of West Anglia

31 October 2022

King's Lynn – Gayton Road


Leeds Digital Media Limited

Leeds – Clyde Grange

25 October 2022

Leeds – Holborn Towers

Leeds – Potternewton Heights


Future Digital Norfolk Limited

Norwich – County Hall Norfolk

10 October 2022


Norwich – Markham Tower

By 5 November 2022

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

LicenseeService name
Fylde Coast Radio LtdFylde Coast Radio DAB
Cutting Edge Communications PVT. LtdSpice Digital
44.1 Creative LtdGen X Radio Suffolk
Hit Music Radio LimitedHit Music Radio
HCTIWS Preston LimitedJuice Radio
John Dash Media LimitedSound Radio UK

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

LicenseeService nameArea
Bounce FM LtdBounce DigitalNewry
Coventry and Warwickshire Media Community LimitedRadio PlusCoventry
Riviera FM LimitedRiviera FMTorbay
Keynsham Town Community RadioKTCRFMEast Bristol, Mangotsfield and Keynsham

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

LicenseeService nameArea
Celtic Music Radio LimitedCeltic Music RadioEdinburgh

Analogue commercial radio

Licence renewals granted in this period

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

AreaService nameCurrent licensee
BarnstapleHeartLantern Radio Limited

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

AreaService nameCurrent licensee
Bristol and BathHeartGWR (West) Ltd

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

AreaService nameCurrent licensee
Bedford/LutonHeartChiltern Radio Ltd
Greater ManchesterCapitalGalaxy Radio Manchester Limited
AyrWestSoundBauer Radio Limited
AyrWest FMBauer Radio Limited

Analogue community radio

Licence extensions granted in this period

A five-year extension has been granted to the following:

Service nameLicenseeLocationNew expiry date

Radio Cardiff

Safer Wales

Cardiff7 October 2027
Vectis RadioVectis Radio C.I.CNewport3 November 2027
Branch FMBranch FMDewsbury13 November 2027
Phoenix FMPhoenix Radio LimitedHalifax9 December 2027
Radio CarolineRadio Caroline AM Broadcasting LtdSuffolk and northern parts of Essex24 November 2027