For some geographical areas, we received more than one application for a short-term restricted service licence to broadcast on any dates between 20 April and 26 May 2020 (period of high demand). Draws are scheduled to take place on Friday 10 January 2020 in order to establish which one will be considered in each case. The results of the draws will be published after they have taken place and the video recording will be made available on YouTube.
In other areas, we received one application for our consideration. Each of those will be considered.
Ofcom has today invited declarations of intent to apply for the following FM local commercial radio licence. Please click on the ‘area’ in the first column for further detail on the pre-advertisements:
|Area/Current licensee (station)||Current expiry||Proposed expiry date following re-award||Closing date for declarations of intent|
|Omagh & Enniskillen/ Northern Media Group Limited (Q Radio) (PDF, 178.5 KB)|
18 March 2021
|18 March 2033||28 January 2020|
A seven-year renewal has been granted to the following:
|Area (station)||Current Licensee|
|Peterhead (Waves Radio)||Waves Radio Limited|
|Coventry (Capital)||Touch Broadcasting Limited|
A five-year renewal has been granted to the following:
|Area (station)||Current Licensee|
|Bradford & Huddersfield (Pulse 1)||Bauer Media Audio Limited acting as a general partner for Bauer Media Audio LP|
|Bradford & Huddersfield (Pulse 2)||Bauer Media Audio Limited acting as a general partner for Bauer Media Audio LP|
Ofcom has approved the transfer of the following local commercial licences:
|Area||Station name||Previous Licensee||New Licensee|
|South Yorkshire||Greatest Hits Radio||Radio Hallam Limited||Bauer Radio Limited|
|South Yorkshire||Hallam FM||Radio Hallam Limited||Bauer Radio Limited|
|Liverpool||Radio CIty||Radio City (Sound of Merseyside Limited)||Bauer Radio Limited|
|Liverpool||Greatest Hits Radio||Radio City (Sound of Merseyside Limited)||Bauer Radio Limited|
|West Cumbria||CFM||Carlisle Radio Ltd||Bauer Radio Limited|
|Carlisle||CFM||Carlisle Radio Ltd||Bauer Radio Limited|
|Leeds||Greatest Hits Radio||Radio Aire Ltd||Bauer Radio Limited|
|Leeds||Radio Aire||Radio Aire Ltd||Bauer Radio Limited|
|Greater London 1||Magic||Magic 105.4 Ltd||Bauer Radio Limited|
|Greater London 1||Kiss||Kiss FM Radio Ltd||Bauer Radio Limited|
|Lancashire||Greatest Hits Radio||Red Rose Radio Ltd||Bauer Radio Limited|
|Lancashire||Rock FM||Red Rose Radio Ltd||Bauer Radio Limited|
|Tyne & Wear||Greatest Hits Radio||Metro Radio Ltd||Bauer Radio Limited|
|Wolverhampton & Shropshire||Absolute Classic Rock||Orion Media Ltd||Bauer Radio Limited|
|Coventry||Free Radio||Orion Media Ltd||Bauer Radio Limited|
|Coventry||Greatest Hits Radio||Orion Media Ltd||Bauer Radio Limited|
|Hereford & Worcs||Free Radio||Radio Wyvern Ltd||Bauer Radio Limited|
|Aberdeen||Northsound 1||Northsound Radio Ltd||Bauer Radio Limited|
|Ayr||West Sound||West Sound Radio Ltd||Bauer Radio Limited|
|Ayr||West FM||West Sound Radio Ltd||Bauer Radio Limited|
|Tayside||Tay 2||Radio Tay Ltd||Bauer Radio Limited|
|Tayside||Tay FM||Radio Tay Ltd||Bauer Radio Limited|
|Inverness||MFR 2||Moray Firth Radio Ltd||Bauer Radio Limited|
|Inverness||Moray Firth Radio||Moray Firth Radio Ltd||Bauer Radio Limited|
|Edinburgh||Forth 2||Radio Forth Ltd||Bauer Radio Limited|
|Edinburgh||Forth 1||Radio Forth Ltd||Bauer Radio Limited|
|Scottish Borders||Radio Borders||Radio Borders Ltd||Bauer Radio Limited|
|Dumfries & Galloway||West Sound||South West Sound Ltd||Bauer Radio Limited|
|Bournemouth||Wave 105||Wave 105 FM Ltd||Bauer Radio Limited|
|Glasgow||Clyde 1||Radio Clyde Ltd||Bauer Radio Limited|
|Glasgow||Clyde 2||Radio Clyde Ltd||Bauer Radio Limited|
|Cambridge||Star Radio||Cambridge Radio Limited||Light Blue Media Cambridge Limited|
The following multiplex variations were agreed during this period:
Addition of Love Sport - A speech service focussing primarily on Sports with some topical content and music.
Removal of Panjab Radio - A service aimed at the Panjabi community.
Sound Digital (national)
Addition of Sout Al Khaleej - An Arabic radio service featuring a mix of Arabic pop music, concerts, poetry and talk.
Addition of Panjab Radio - A service aimed at the Panjabi community.
Removal of Spectrum Radio - A full service radio station broadcasting talk, music and news to minority communities in London.
Removal of Sout Al Khaleej - An Arabic radio service featuring a mix of Arabic pop music, concerts, poetry and talk.
Removal of Talk Sport (London) - Simulcast of INR3 with local ad opt outs.
|Addition of Virgin Radio Groove - A music service playing rhythmic & pop tracks from the 70’s, 80’s, 90’s & 00’s.|
|Addition of Magic Musicals - The best of musical theatre plus theatre showbiz news and features.|
Addition of Absolute Radio 90s - A 90s-centric music service.
Addition of Absolute 80s - A 1980s-centric music service
|Removal of Talk Sport (Scotland) - Simulcast of INR3 with local ad opt outs|
Ofcom has announced, and published the reasons for, the award of four community radio licences:
|Alfred||Alfred Radio Ltd||Shaftesbury, Dorset|
|Listen Lanarkshire||Getting Better Together Limited||Shotts, Lanarkshire|
|Merthyr Radio||The 3Gs Development Trust||Merthyr Tydfil, South Wales|
|Sound Radio||Sound Radio Limited||Towyn, Kinmel Bay, Abergele and Rhyl, North Wales|
The full statement can be viewed in English and Welsh.
|Caithness FM||Caithness F.M Limited||Caithness|
During 2018, Ofcom invited community radio stations to submit requests for coverage improvements and extensions if they wished. During the last month the services listed below have had their requests 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:
|Current licence area||Falmouth and Penryn|
|Extended licence area||Falmouth, Penryn and parts of the Lizard Peninsula|
|Reasons for agreeing to the extension|
Increase in the licensed area: An extension via a power increase was AGREED because the increase in the area and population served was deemed not to be significant.
Ofcom received over 130 requests in total for an improvement or an extension from existing community radio stations. It is taking us some time to complete all the work required to assess each one; we have dealt first with requests for improvements before we turned our attention to extension requests.
The success of an application is, amongst other things, dependent on frequency availability and whether there may be an increase in harmful outgoing interference to other stations. In every case we need to take account of other services (community, commercial and BBC) on the same frequency or an adjacent one to yours (or to a frequency that we may be considering for a relay). Please see the guidance document (PDF, 325.1 KB) for further information.