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Radio broadcast update August 2020

01 September 2020

Analogue Commercial Radio

Invitations to apply under fast-track

Ofcom has received one declaration for the following licence, from the current licensee. We are therefore inviting the incumbent licensee to re-apply for the licence under the ‘fast track’ procedure as set out in Ofcom’s guidelines:

Area (station)Current licensee
Rugby (Capital) Rugby Broadcasting Company Ltd

Digital Radio

Advertisement of small-scale DAB multiplex licences

Ofcom has today advertised  the first 25 small-scale DAB radio multiplex licences.
We are also inviting applications for new Community Digital Sound Programme (‘C-DSP’) licences from groups wishing to broadcast community radio services in the small-scale multiplex areas being advertised today.

Alongside today’s advertisements, we have published the relevant application forms and guidance notes on how to apply for small-scale multiplex licences and C-DSP licences. You can find all the relevant documentation on our website.

Ofcom will also be organising on-line events in late September for those intending to apply for small-scale DAB multiplex or C-DSP licences in this first licensing round.

Potential applicants for either type of licence are invited to express their interest in attending a session by sending an email to smallscaleDAB@ofcom.org.uk with the title ‘Event C-DSP’, ‘Event Multiplex’ or ‘Event both’ by 5pm on Wednesday 9 September. We will send out registration details shortly afterwards.

Digital sound programme service (DSPS) licences issued during in this period

Licensee
Laurie Burnette

DAB multiplex variations

The following multiplex variations were agreed during this period:

ChangeMultiplex
Addition of Hits Radio Pride – A hit music station targeting the LGBTQ+ community.Stoke on Trent, Swansea, London 1, Bradford & Huddersfield, Liverpool.
Addition of Magic Musicals – The best of musical theatre plus theatre showbiz news and features Swansea
Addition of Hits Radio Pride – A hit music station targeting the LGBTQ+ community.
Removal of Magic Chilled – A music-led service playing chill out music.
Northern Ireland

Addition of Greatest Hits Radio – A classic soft pop music-led service aimed primarily at the over-30s.

Removal of Town 102 – A locally-oriented, broad music, news and information service for listeners, particularly those aged 25+, in Ipswich, with a strong commitment to local issues.

Removal of Chris Country – A music-led service playing a wide range of country music artists.

Suffolk

Addition of Hits Radio – A service offering a broad range of hits from current and non-current chart music. The station will appeal to a broad 25 – 44 adult audience and include entertainment news and features relevant to the target audience.

Addition of Country Hits Radio – A genre based music station playing primarily a range of modern country music (including American and UK) aimed at all adults.

Removal of Stray FM – A tuneful music-led station for 25-54 year olds in Harrogate and the surrounding area, highly focused on local news and issues.

Removal of Yorkshire Coast Radio – A locally oriented broad hits-based station providing local information for Scarborough and the surrounding area, with a strong commitment to local news.

North Yorkshire

Addition of Country Hits Radio – A genre based music station playing primarily a range of modern country music (including American and UK) aimed at all adults.

Removal of Greatest Hits Radio – A Classic Hits led pop music service aimed primarily at the over 40s.

Berkshire & North Hampshire

Addition of Pulse 1 – A contemporary and chart music and information station for under 40s.

Removal of Radio Aire – A locally oriented mainstream popular music and information station for 15 – 44 year olds in the Leeds area.

Leeds

Addition of Hits Radio Pride – A hit music station targeting the LGBTQ+ community.

Removal of KCFM – A full service station for Kingston Upon Hull playing broad music with news and information.

Humberside

Addition of Hits Radio Pride – A hit music station targeting the LGBTQ+ community.

Removal of Trax FM – A music and information station aimed primarily at 25-54 year olds in the Doncaster area, with a strong commitment to local news.

South Yorkshire
Addition of Street Sounds – An adult alternative music station with particular appeal to 35 to 70 year olds, playing primarily music of black origin with news and information for the Essex region.Essex

In addition to the above changes, the following DAB services, which are simulcasts of local analogue services in the relevant areas, have changed name:

Existing name of stationNew name of stationMultiplex
The BreezeGreatest Hits RadioGloucestershire
The BreezeGreatest Hits RadioBerkshire & North Hampshire
The BreezeGreatest Hits RadioSomerset
Minster FMGreatest Hits RadioNorth Yorkshire
Compass FMGreatest Hits RadioGrimsby
Pulse 2Greatest Hits RadioBradford & Huddersfield
Signal 2Greatest Hits RadioStoke on Trent
Swansea SoundGreatest Hits RadioSwansea
Eagle RadioGreatest Hits RadioSurrey

Analogue Community Radio

Community Radio Fund – Round 2 2020-21

The Community Radio Fund Panel (‘the Panel’), which is independent from Ofcom in its decision-making, met on Thursday 20 August 2020 to consider applications for emergency funding grants. A statement on the award of grants for this round has now been published.

Licence extensions granted in this period

A five year extension has been granted to the following:

Service nameLicenseeLocationNew expiry date
Inspire FMHouse of AbrahamLuton9 August 2025
Unity RadioNorth West Media LtdManchester17 August 2025
AKASH Radio LeedsAkash Radio Leeds LtdYorkshire22 August 2025
Zetland FMEast  Cleveland Community Radio LtdRedcar30 August 2025
MKFMMKFM LimitedMilton Keynes6 September 2025

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.

Changes to Key Commitments agreed in this period:

AWAAZ FM (PDF, 232.5 KB)
Published 31|07|2020