Radio broadcast update - February 2023

09 March 2023

Digital Radio

Local/national DAB multiplex variations

The following multiplex variations were agreed during this period:

ChangeMultiplex

Addition of Radio X Classic Rock  – A music- led service playing predominantly classic rock and guitar music.

National (Sound Digital)

Addition of Capital Chill – A music-led service playing predominantly acoustic and chilled music.

National (Sound Digital)

Addition of XTRA Hot – Sounds of the Underground – dance and urban music .

Removal of Hot Radio – Pop music from the 90s onwards, plus specialist programming playing all genres of music, local news and information for the Dorset community.

South Hampshire

Removal of Like One – A popular music service aimed at 15-40 year-olds.

Removal of Tomorrowland One World Radio - A music-based radio station, focusing on dance, RnB and pop music.

Somerset

Small-scale DAB multiplex licence awards

The following small-scale radio multiplex licence awards were made during this period:

Licence areaSuccessful applicant company
Doncaster

Higher Rhythm Limited

Plymouth

PlymDAB Limited

Wakefield, Castlesford & Dewsbury

Mid Yorkshire Radio Limited

Digital sound programme service (DSP) and digital additional sound (DAS) licences issued during this period

LicenseeService name

Akash Radio Leeds Ltd

Akash Radio

GN Radio UK Ltd

GN Radio

London Music Radio Ltd

London Music Radio

The Funky Academy Ltd

Funky SX

Digital sound programme service (DSP) and Digital additional sound (DAS) licences which have ceased to be licensed (handed back or revoked ) in this period

LicenseeService name

Oxygen Radio UK Limited

Oxygen Radio UK

Ambron Enterprises Ltd

Ambron Radio

Community digital sound programme service (C-DSP) applications received during this period

LicenseeService nameArea

Spirit of Plymouth Radio Ltd

Cross Rhythms Plymouth

Plymouth

Sound Communities CIC

Ocean Youth Radio

Torbay

The Cat Community Radio CIC

The Cat

Crewe, Nantwich & Whitchurch

East Cleveland Community Radio Limited

Zetland FM

Middlesborough & Redcar

Community digital sound programme service (C-DSP) licences issued during this period

LicenseeService nameArea

Waterfront Media CIC

Black Country Xtra

Stourbridge

City of God Christian Centre

C.O.G. (City of God) Grand Radio

Newcastle & Gateshead

Crest Co-Operative Limited

Crest Community Radio

Llandudno

Stockbridge & North Edinburgh Community Interest Company

Edinburgh’s Mix1 Radio

Edinburgh

Riviera FM Limited

Riviera FM

Torbay

Analogue Commercial Radio

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.

The analogue licence held by Bauer Radio Limited for The Borders (Radio Borders) has had the music description in its Format simplified in line with our published policy from ‘a locally-oriented contemporary and chart music, news and information station for the Borders’ to ‘a locally-oriented mainstream popular music, news and information station for the Borders’.

Proposals to reduce coverage

During the last month we have published a consultation which looks at a proposal from talkSPORT to reduce the coverage of its AM national commercial radio licence. Further information, including the consultation in full, can be found on our website.

Analogue Community Radio

Community Radio Fund – Round 2, 2022-23

Ofcom’s Community Radio Fund Panel (‘the Panel’) met on Tuesday 7 February 2023 to consider applications in the second round of funding for the 2022-23 financial year.

The Panel considered each application and awarded funding based on the information provided, and with reference to the Community Radio Fund (‘the Fund’) guidance notes. For each grant bid the Panel decided whether to make a full award, a partial award or not to award any funding.

At the meeting:

  • 46 applications for grants were considered;
  • The total amount of funding requested in these applications was £854,085
  • 17 applicants were awarded grants which totalled £251,421 and
  • 29 applicants were not awarded a grant.

The grants awarded ranged from £1,500 up to £24,570 for individual positions, with an average of £14,789.

Further information 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
AIRAIR FM CICWeymouth9 May 2028

Hailsham FM

Hailsham FM Ltd

Hailsham

11 May 2028

Nevis Radio

Nevis Community Radio Limited

Fort William

5 June 2028

Pride FM

Pride Community Network Limited

Newcastle and Gateshead

1 July 2028

Ujima Radio

Ujima Radio CIC

St Paul's & Easton, Bristol)

3 July 2028

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 https://www.ofcom.org.uk/manage-your-licence/radio-broadcast-licensing/amend

Changes to Key Commitments agreed in this period:

Castledown FM

Published 28|02|23

Coverage improvement and extension requests

Coverage extensions received:

During the last month the services listed below have requested an extension to their licence area. The application(s) are published on the community radio page of our website. Ofcom will accept representations up to one month following publication before we make a formal decision. Representations can be sent to broadcast.licensing@ofcom.org.uk

Service nameLocation
Y01 RadioYork and Selby

East Devon Radio

Exmouth, Devon

During the last month the services listed below have had their requests for a coverage improvement 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
Sheppey FMSheerness, Isle of Sheppey

Restricted Service Licences

Licences issued during in this period

LicenseeService name

Giggabox Ltd

Brands FM

Giggabox Ltd

Donington FM

Giggabox Ltd

Oulton FM

Knockhill Racing Circuit Ltd

Radio Knockhill

Patrick Blakeney

Radio Thruxton

The Board of Trustees of the Tate Gallery

Art installation

Licences transferred during in this period

Service namePrevious licenseeNew licensee
Basildon Hospital RadioFlorence LooiJacqui James