Radio broadcast update February 2021

02 March 2021

Short-term restricted service licensing

2021 period of high-demand

More than one application was received for Bradford, Leicester and London and so draws were conducted. We have published the order in which the applicant names were pulled from the draws and as set out in in our short-term RSL notes of guidance, we are now considering whether the first applicant drawn is eligible to hold a licence.

Analogue Commercial Radio

Local radio licence transfers

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

AreaStation namePrevious LicenseeNew Licensee
North LondonAsian FXA Spokesman Said LimitedPanjab 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.

CFM (West Cumbria) (PDF, 283.2 KB)
Published 01|03|21

Heart (Central Scotland) (PDF, 263.4 KB)
Published 01|03|21

Heart (Cornwall) (PDF, 235.6 KB)
Published 01|03|21

Heart (North East England) (PDF, 259.2 KB)
Published 01|03|21

Heart (North West England) (PDF, 268.9 KB)
Published 01|03|21

Heart (North & Mid Wales) (PDF, 266.0 KB)
Published 01|03|21

Heart (South Wales) (PDF, 261.6 KB)
Published 01|03|21

Heart (South & West Yorkshire) (PDF, 281.9 KB)
Published 01|03|21

Digital Radio

Small-scale DAB multiplex awards

The first ever small-scale radio multiplex licence awards were announced by Ofcom on 18 February. The licence award statements have now been published:

Community digital sound programme (C-DSP) licence applications received

Community digital sound programme licence applications received between 27 January and 24 February 2021 can be found on our website. An application has been made for a service in Tynemouth and South Shields.

C-DSP licences issued during in this period

LicenseeMultiplex
Rotherham Broadcasting CICSheffield and Rotherham

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

Licensee
Boom Radio Ltd
Peak Radio Limited
Eruption Radio Limited

DAB multiplex variations

The following multiplex variations were agreed during this period:

ChangeMultiplex

Addition of Unity DAB – A radio station playing all forms of dance music.

Surrey

Addition of Nation Radio UK – A music station playing current and classic hits.

Addition of Nation Radio 80s – A music station predominately playing music from the 1980s.

Mid & West Wales

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

LicenseeService NameReason
Red Leisure Broadcasting LimitedTotal Star GloucestershireLapsed
Visitor Radio LimitedVisitor RadioHanded Back
Chris GutteridgeAngel RadioHanded Back

Analogue Community Radio

Community Radio Fund – Round 3, 2020-21

The Community Radio Fund Panel met on 4 February 2021. They awarded 53 grants totalling £200,560. A statement on the award of grants can be found on our website.

Licence extensions granted in this period

A five year extension has been granted to the following:

Service nameLicenseeLocationNew expiry date
Link FM (Sheffield)The Pakistan Muslim Centre (Sheffield) LimitedSheffield20/02/2026
Funky SXThe Funky Academy LimitedSouthend15/03/2026
Express FMExpress FM (Portsmouth) LimitedPortsmouth19/03/2026
Down FMDown Community Radio LimitedDownpatrick29/03/2026
Academy FM 105.9Academy FM FolkestoneFolkestone30/03/2026
Radio DawnKarimia LtdNottingham06/04/2026
Reprezent 107.3 FMReprezent LtdLewisham13/04/2026
In2beats FMIn2beatsBedford15/04/2026
Biggles FMBiggles FMBiggleswade21/04/2026
HCR FMHuntingdon Community Radio (Media) LimitedHuntingdon22/04/2026
BFBS ColchesterBFBS Colchester LimitedColchester Garrison01/05/2026
BFBS Lisburn FMBFBSLisburn07/05/2026
Marlow FMMarlow FM LimitedMarlow10/05/2026
Radio WarringtonRadio Warrington C.I.CWarrington15/05/2026
Radio AshfordRadio Ashford LimitedAshford18/05/2026
Radio SangamCommunities TogetherHuddersfield02/06/2026
Salaam RadioSalaam Radio LimitedPeterborough06/06/2026
Forest FMForest Community RadioVerwood08/07/2026
Vibe 107.6 FMThe Vibe Watford LimitedWatford17/07/2026
Gloucester FMGloucester FMGloucester 20/07/2026
Beyond RadioProper Community Media (Lancaster) LimitedLancaster29/07/2026
Unity FMBirmingham CEDARS LimitedBirmingham East18/08/2026
Revival FMRevival Radio LimitedCumbernauld02/09/2026
Tempo 107.4 FMWetherby Community Radio LtdWetherby10/09/2026

Coverage improvement and extension requests

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:

Service nameLocation
RhonddaRhondda valleys
Vanny RadioCoventry