Radio broadcast update February 2018

06 March 2018

Analogue commercial radio

Licence ‘pre-advertisements’

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

Blackpool / Talk Sport Ltd (Radio Wave) (PDF, 146.5 KB)

24 May 2019

24 May 2031

3pm, Monday 26 March 2018

Bristol / Celador Radio Ltd (Sam FM) (PDF, 146.4 KB)

19 May 2019

19 May 2031

3pm, Monday 26 March 2018

Newbury / Celador Radio Ltd (The Breeze) (PDF, 146.9 KB)

28 May 2019

28 May 2031

3pm, Monday 26 March 2018

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

Bridgend (Bridge FM)

Bridge FM

Local radio licence transfers

Ofcom has approved the transfer of the following local commercial licences:


Station name

Previous Licensee

New Licensee


Juice 107.2

Brighton & Hove Radio Ltd

Global Radio Media Management

Digital radio

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


Media Sound Holdings Ltd

DAB multiplex variations

The following multiplex variations were agreed in this period.



Removal of My Music Radio - A music-based station playing songs mainly from the 1960s and 1970s, targeting listeners aged 50+.

North Yorkshire

Addition of Encore - A radio station playing music from theatre and film musicals, with speech of relevance for the target audience.

North Yorkshire

Addition of LoveSport – a speech service for Londoners.

London 3

Analogue community radio

Licences awarded in this period

Ofcom has announced, and published the reasons for, the award of four community radio licences:

Service name


Coast FM


Coast Radio


Jorvik Radio


YO1 Radio


View the full statement: Four community radio licence awards February 2018 (PDF, 521.1 KB)

Licences issued in this period

Service Name



Kennet Radio

Kennet Community Radio

Newbury and Thatcham, Berkshire

Licence extensions granted in this period

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

Service name



New expiry date

Air 107.2

Westfield Arts College


10 May 2023

Apple FM

Apple FM CIC


10 May 2023

East Coast FM

East Coast FM (SCIO)

Haddington, East Lothian

26 April 2023

Services which have ceased to be licensed (handed back or revoked) in this period

Service name




Wirral Radio

7 Waves Community Radio

Leasowe, Wirral

Licence surrender

Short-term Restricted Services

Within the next few weeks, Ofcom will announce the date for draws required for broadcasts in areas of high demand between 12 May and 16 June 2018. The information will be published on our broadcast radio licence awards process page.