Radio broadcast update July 2018

07 August 2018

Analogue commercial radio

Applications for full licence re-advertisements

Ofcom has received the following applications for the fully re-advertised Bristol (106.5 FM) and Ceredigion licences:

Bristol (106.5 FM):


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

Londonderry (Q Radio) (PDF, 208.3 KB)

20 October 2019

20 October 2031

3pm, Friday 24 August 2018

Invitations to apply under fast-track

Ofcom has received one declaration for the following licences, from the current licensees. 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

Ludlow & South Shropshire (Sunshine Radio)

Murfin Media Limited

Salisbury (Spire FM)

Spire FM Limited

Licence renewals granted in this period

A seven year renewal has been granted to the following:

Area (station)

Current Licensee

York (Minster FM)

Minster Sound Radio (York) Limited

A five year renewal has been granted to the following:

Area (station)

Current Licensee

North West of England (Smooth Radio)

Smooth Radio Limited

Aberdeen (Northsound 1)

Northsound 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.

Juice 107.2 (Brighton) (PDF, 182.0 KB)
Published 06|08|18

Lyca Radio 1458 (London) (PDF, 269.4 KB)
Published 10|07|18

Original 106
Published 11|07|18

Digital radio

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


Live Channel Cornwall Ltd

Disco Mix Club Ltd

Ipswich 102 Ltd

DAB multiplex variations

The following multiplex variations were agreed during this period.



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

North Yorkshire

Additon of Lincs FM 1940s – 1940s pop music. (Temporary service broadcasting 10th to 12th of August).


Removal of ABN Radio - A service comprising predominantly speech/talk and music targeting the African community.

London 3

Addition of Goldmine - A music service offering classic gold genre of content appealing to listeners aged from 40 upwards, combined with speech and information relevant to the people living in Cornwall.


Removal of Bob FM – A locally-oriented music and information station for 25-54 year-olds in the Hertford area.

Herts, Beds & Bucks

Removal of The Beat - Music, news and information targeted at 15-44 year-old people living in Beds, Herts and Bucks and the surrounding area.

Herts, Beds & Bucks

Addition of Ipswich 102 - An Ipswich based, broad music service for a 35+ audience, with local news and information.


Addition of Town 102 - A locally-oriented, broad music, news and information service for listeners, particularly those aged 25+, in Ipswich, with a strong commitment to local issues.


Analogue community radio


Ofcom is giving existing community radio licensees an opportunity to apply to improve or extend their current licensed coverage area. Further details are available on Ofcom’s website: Invitation to apply for improvements to existing coverage and coverage extensions for community radio services.

The closing date for applications for improvements was 23:59 hours on 31 July 2018 and for extensions to existing licensed coverage areas is 23:59 hours on 18 September 2018.

Community Radio Fund – Round 1, 2018-19

The awarding Panel met on 19 June 2018 to consider the applications for Round One, 2018-19. Issues of note arising from the Panel meeting and a summary of the grants awarded are available to see in the statement, Awards of grants 2018-19 Round 1.

Round Two 2018-19 is due to open for applications from eligible stations in October 2018. The awarding Panel will meet in January 2019 to consider the applications.

Grants can only be made to community radio licensees in the UK, who are broadcasting under a community radio licence. Applications from eligible licence-holders may be submitted in Welsh. Any application submitted in Welsh will be treated no less favourably than an application submitted in English.

For further information, please contact:

Community Radio Fund End of Year Report

The Community Radio Fund End of Year Report 2017-18 (PDF, 214.9 KB) has been submitted to DCMS and is available to view on our website.

Licences awarded in this period

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

Service name


Heritage Community Radio

Whalley Range and surrounding areas in Manchester



See the full statement “Community Radio. Two community radio licence awards: July 2018 (PDF, 160.4 KB)”.

Licences issued in this period

Service Name



Bounce FM

Bounce FM Ltd

Banbridge, Northern Ireland

Juice FM

Juice Belfast Limited

Belfast, Northern Ireland

Pride FM

Pride Community Network Ltd

Newcastle Upon Tyne

Radio Tyneside

Radio Tyneside (CIO)

Newcastle Upon Tyne

Licence extensions granted in this period

A five year extension has been granted to the following:

Service name



New expiry date

Amber Sound FM

Amber Sound FM

Ripley, Derbyshire

03 October 2023

Bradley Stoke Radio

Bradley Stoke Radio Limited

Bradley Stoke, South Gloucestershire

11 September 2023

Drystone Radio

Drystone Radio Limited

South Craven, North Yorkshire

15 January 2024


St. Matthews Community Solution Centre Ltd.

Leicester, Leicestershire

04 December 2023

Hot Radio 102.8

Poole Community Radio Ltd

Poole, Dorset

07 November 2023

Licence Transfers in this period

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

Service name


New Licensee

Peterborough Community Radio (PCRFM)


Peterborough Community Radio Ltd

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

Service name




Radio Ninesprings AM

Radio Ninesprings



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.

Changes to Key Commitments agreed in this period:

TD1 Radio (PDF, 158.0 KB)
Published 03|08|18