Radio broadcast update February 2020

09 March 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 licencee
Aylesbury (Mix 96)Mix 96 Limited

Licence renewals granted in this period

A seven year renewal has been granted to the following:

Area (station)Current licensee
Guernsey (Island FM)Island FM Limited
Jersey (channel 103)Channel Radio Limited

A five year renewal has been granted to the following:

Area (station)Current licensee
Birmingham (Absolute Classic Rock)Bauer Radio Limited
Birmingham (Free Radio)Bauer Radio Limited

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.

Nation Radio (South Wales) (PDF, 247.8 KB)
Published 28 February 2020

Coverage improvement and extension requests

During the last month the service below had its request for an improvement to its existing coverage 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).

ServiceLicensed areaChange agreed
Lyca Dil SeGreater LondonPower increase

Change of Control Reviews

Whenever a local radio licence undergoes a ‘change of control’ (for example when it is sold), Ofcom is required under section 355 of the Communications Act 2003 to undertake a review of its programme output.

Specifically, Ofcom must review the likely effect of the change of control on:
The quality and range of programmes included in the service;

The character of the service, and;

The extent to which local material and locally-made programmes are included in the service.

When the review has been completed, Ofcom may amend the content requirements of the licence.

Rother FM (Rotherham) (PDF, 201.6 KB)
Published 28 February 2020

Digital Radio

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

Licensee
Panda Podcast Limited
Radio Wirral (Peninsular Media) Limited
Release Radio Broadcasting Limited

DAB multiplex variations

The following multiplex variations were agreed during this period:

ChangeMultiplex
Addition of Radio Wirral - A local radio station for the Wirral playing classic and contemporary hits with local news and informationNE Wales & West Cheshire
Addition of Podcast Radio - Podcast Radio is a speech radio station showcasing podcasts, interviews with podcasters, reviews of podcasts.Surrey
Addition of Release FM  - Underground dance music from the UK.Surrey
Removal of Sunoh - A music service for the Asian community.Central Scotland
Removal of Atlas Radio - Atlas is a community-based station that will be broadcasting a tailor-made service that large chains of radio stations cannot offer to communities in specific areas. Atlas will be bringing its listeners the latest hits from all genres of music including pop, R&B and indie. As well as keeping listeners entertaining by playing contemporary tunes, Atlas Radio will also be keeping people up to date with local news, weather and travel.Herford & Worcester
Removal of Atlantis - A 1960s centric music service.

Lincolnshire Suffolk

Analogue Community Radio

Licences awarded in this period

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

Service nameCompanyArea
Radio MelkshamRadio Melksham LimitedMelksham, Wiltshire
Radio WimborneRadio Wimborne LimitedWimborne Minster, East Dorset
Sam RadioSAM Radio LimitedEdinburgh
Thornbury RadioThornbury Media CICThornbury, Gloucestershire

The full statement can be viewed on our website.

Licences issued in this period

Service nameCompanyArea
Blackburn's 102.2FMBlackburn Community Radio LimitedBlackburn

Licence extensions granted in this period

A five year extension has been granted to the following:

Service nameLicenseeLocationNew expiry date
The CatThe Cat Community  Radio C.I.CCheshire13 February 2025
Meridian FM 107Meridian FM RadioEast Grinstead28 February 2025
Lincoln City RadioLindum Radio Broadcasting Company CICLincoln24 April 2025

Licence Transfers in this period

Ofcom has approved the transfer of the following community radio licence.

Service nameLocationNew licensee
Alive RadioDumfriesAlive Community Radio (SCIO)

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

Service nameLicenseeLocationReason
Betar BanglaBetar Bangla LimitedEast London (AM)Licence surrendered

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 http://stakeholders.ofcom.org.uk/broadcasting/radio/community/regulations/crregulation/

Changes to Key Commitments agreed in this period:

Blast 106 (Belfast) (PDF, 221.1 KB)
Published 28 February 2020