Radio broadcast update January 2021

02 February 2021

Short-term restricted service licensing

2021 period of high-demand

We have received short-term restricted service licence (‘SRSL’) applications for a number of areas, to broadcast on dates between 9 April and 14 May 2021. Please visit this page to view the list. We received more than one application for some areas and, as laid out in our SRSL notes of guidance, we will conduct draws for those.

Analogue Commercial Radio

Re-awards

Ofcom has announced that it has re-awarded the following local FM commercial radio licence to the current licensee. The licence has been re-awarded under Ofcom’s ‘fast-track’ process, as set out in published guidelines, and will be for a period of 12 years from the current expiry date:

Area (station)Current licenseeCurrent expiry date
Mid Ulster (Q 106.7) Northern Media Group Ltd31 January 2021

Licence renewals granted in this period

A five year renewal has been granted to the following:

Area (station)Current Licensee
Reading/Basingstoke & Andover (Heart)Thames Valley Broadcasting Limited
Norwich and Great Yarmouth (Heart)Radio Broadland Limited
Maidstone & Medway/East Kent (Smooth Radio)Global Radio Media Management Limited
Norwich and Great Yarmouth (Smooth Radio)Global Radio (AM) Limited
Nottingham/Derby (Gold)Global Radio (AM) Limited
Plymouth (Smooth)Global Radio (AM) Limited
South Hampshire (Smooth)Global Radio Hampshire Limited
Maidstone & Medway/East Kent (Heart)Global Radio Media Management Limited
Plymouth (Heart)Plymouth Sound Limited
Cambridge & Newmarket (Heart)Mid Anglia Radio Limited
Nottingham/Derby (Capital)GWR Group Limited
Wolverhampton, Shrewsbury and Telford (Free Radio)Bauer Radio Limited
Greater Belfast (Downtown Radio)Downtown Radio Limited
Northern Ireland (Cool FM/Downtown Radio)Downtown Radio Limited
Edinburgh (Forth 1)Bauer Radio Limited
Edinburgh (Forth 2)Bauer Radio Limited
Humberside (Greatest Hits Radio)Bauer Radio Limited
Teesside (Greatest Hits Radio)Bauer Radio Limited
Teesside (TFM Radio)Bauer Radio Limited
Humberside (Viking FM)Bauer Radio Limited

A seven year renewal has been granted to the following:

Area (station)Current Licensee
Tendring (Greatest Hits Radio)Bauer
Liverpool (Capital)Juice Holdco Limited
Tyne and Wear (Greatest Hits Radio)Bauer Radio Limited
Tyne and Wear (Metro Radio)Bauer Radio Limited

Local radio licence transfers

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

AreaStation namePrevious LicenseeNew Licensee
OldhamRevolution 96.2Oldham F.M. LimitedBauer Media Audio Ltd acting as general partner of Bauer Media Audio LP
Bristol and Surrounding AreaSam FMCRB Audio LimitedCRB Audio Group Limited
AndoverGreatest Hits RadioCRB Audio LimitedCRB Audio Group Limited
WarminsterGreatest Hits RadioCRB Audio LimitedCRB Audio Group Limited
TendringGreatest Hits RadioAnglian Radio LimitedCRB Audio Group Limited
ShaftesburyGreatest Hits RadioCRB Audio LimitedCRB Audio Group Limited
Bournemouth

Fire Radio

CRB Audio LimitedCRB Audio Group Limited

Weston-Super-Mare

Greatest Hits RadioCRB Audio LimitedCRB Audio Group Limited
ReadingGreatest Hits RadioCRB Audio LimitedCRB Audio Group Limited

Gt Yarmouth & Lowetoft

Greatest Hits RadioAnglian Radio LimitedCRB Audio Group Limited
YeovilGreatest Hits RadioCRB Audio LimitedCRB Audio Group Limited

North Norfolk

Greatest Hits RadioAnglian Radio LimitedCRB Audio Group Limited
BasingstokeGreatest Hits RadioCRB Audio LimitedCRB Audio Group Limited
CheltenhamGreatest Hits RadioCRB Audio LimitedCRB Audio Group Limited
TorbayGreatest Hits RadioCRB Audio LimitedCRB Audio Group Limited
NorwichGreatest Hits RadioCRB Audio LimitedCRB Audio Group Limited
SwindonGreatest Hits RadioCRB Audio LimitedCRB Audio Group Limited
BathGreatest Hits RadioCRB Audio LimitedCRB Audio Group Limited
BristolGreatest Hits RadioCRB Audio LimitedCRB Audio Group Limited
NewburyGreatest Hits RadioCRB Audio LimitedCRB Audio Group Limited

Bridgwater & West Somerset

Greatest Hits RadioCRB Audio LimitedCRB Audio Group Limited

Alton, Petersfield & Bordon

Greatest Hits RadioCRB Audio LimitedCRB Audio Group Limited
WarminsterGreatest Hits RadioCRB Audio LimitedCRB Audio Group Limited
GrimsbyGreatest Hits RadioCompass Radio LimitedLincs FM Group Limited
BarnsleyGreatest Hits RadioDearne FM LimitedLincs FM Group Limited
WakefieldGreatest Hits RadioRidings FM  LimitedLincs FM Group Limited
RotheramGreatest Hits RadioRother FM LimitedLincs FM Group Limited
RutlandGreatest Hits RadioRutland Radio LimitedLincs FM Group Limited
DoncasterGreatest Hits Radio

Trax FM Limited

Lincs FM Group Limited
BassetlawGreatest Hits Radio

Trax FM Limited

Lincs FM Group Limited
Guildford and surrounding parts of West Surrey and North East HampshireGreatest Hits RadioEagle Radio LimitedUKRD Group Limited
Kings LynnGreatest Hits Radio

KLFM Limited

UKRD Group Limited
YorkGreatest Hits RadioMinster Sound Radio (York) LtdUKRD Group Limited
NorthallertonGreatest Hits RadioMinster Sound Radio (York) LtdUKRD Group Limited
AylesburyGreatest Hits RadioMix 96 LimitedUKRD Group Limited
CornwallPirate FMPirate Fm LimitedUKRD Group Limited
SalisburyGreatest Hits RadioSpire FM LimitedUKRD Group Limited
Chichester, Bognor Regis, Littlehampton and MidhurstGreatest Hits RadioSpire FM LimitedUKRD Group Limited
HarrogateGreatest Hits RadioStray FM LtdUKRD Group Limited
Weymouth and DorchesterGreatest Hits RadioWessex Broadcasting LimitedUKRD Group Limited
ScarboroughGreatest Hits RadioYorkshire Coast Radio LimitedUKRD Group Limited
BridlingtonGreatest Hits RadioYorkshire Coast Radio LimitedUKRD Group 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

Your Radio (Helensburgh) (PDF, 267.1 KB)
Published 02|02|21

Digital Radio

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

Community digital sound programme licence applications received between 7 and 27 January 2021 can be found on our website. Applications have been made for services in Exeter, North Birmingham and South Birmingham.

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

Licensee
NRG RADIO UK BROADCASTING LIMITED
Youth Community Media
57 Media Ltd
Life Radio UK

DAB multiplex variations

The following multiplex variations were agreed during this period:

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Addition of Youthcomm Radio – A service for and by young people in Worcester playing Top 40 and recent hits plus news and information.

Hereford & Worcester

Addition of Blitzkids Radio – A community focused station supporting local charities. Playing a of music from a range of cultures.

Essex

Addition of TX1 Radio – A radio station for Doncaster, Bassetlaw and the surrounding area, playing great music from the 60s to today, with local news and information.

Lincolnshire

Licence Transfers in this period

Station namePrevious LicenseeNew Licensee
Greatest Hits RadioCRB Audio LimitedCRB Audio Group Limited
Greatest Hits RadioEagle Radio LimitedUKRD Group Limited
Greatest Hits RadioMinster Sound Radio (York) LtdUKRD Group Limited
Greatest Hits RadioPirate Fm LimitedUKRD Group Limited
Greatest Hits RadioStray FM LtdUKRD Group Limited
Greatest Hits RadioYorkshire Coast Radio LimitedUKRD Group Limited

Analogue Community Radio

Licence extensions granted in this period

A five year extension has been granted to the following:

Service nameLicenseeLocationNew expiry date
Rinse FMRinse FMLondon6 February 2026
Gulshan RadioBlack Country Community Development LtdWolverhampton10 February 2026