Radio broadcast update July 2020

07 August 2020

Analogue Commercial Radio

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 expiryProposed expiry date following re-awardClosing date for declarations of intent
Rugby/ Rugby Broadcasting Company Ltd (Capital) (PDF, 193.1 KB)30 August 202131 August 203324 August 2020

Licence renewals granted in this period

A seven year renewal has been granted to the following:

Area (station)Current licensee
Tyne and Wear (Greatest Hits Radio) Bauer Radio Limited
Tyne and Wear (Metro 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.

The Breeze (Alton) (PDF, 280.1 KB)
Published 21|06|20

The Breeze (Andover) (PDF, 274.8 KB)
Published 21|06|20

The Breeze (Basingstoke) (PDF, 278.3 KB)
Published 21|06|20

The Breeze (Bath) (PDF, 269.5 KB)
Published 21|06|20

The Breeze (Bridgwater) (PDF, 269.7 KB)
Published 21|06|20

The Breeze (Bristol) (PDF, 271.1 KB)
Published 21|06|20

The Breeze (Cheltenham) (PDF, 271.2 KB)
Published 21|06|20

The Breeze (Newbury) (PDF, 278.8 KB)
Published 21|06|20

The Breeze (Reading) (PDF, 272.0 KB)
Published 21|06|20

The Breeze (Shaftesbury) (PDF, 270.0 KB)
Published 21|06|20

The Breeze (Torbay) (PDF, 278.8 KB)
Published 21|06|20

The Breeze (Warminster) (PDF, 271.2 KB)
Published 21|06|20

The Breeze (Weston Super Mare) (PDF, 271.9 KB)
Published 21|06|20

The Breeze (Yeovil) (PDF, 271.6 KB)
Published 21|06|20

Compass FM (Grimsby) (PDF, 280.9 KB)
Published 21|06|20

Dearne FM (Barnsley) (PDF, 271.3 KB)
Published 21|06|20

Dream 100 (Tendring) (PDF, 262.9 KB)
Published 21|06|20

Fire Radio (Bournemouth) (PDF, 319.4 KB)
Published 21|06|20

Hallam FM (South Yorkshire)  (PDF, 263.7 KB)
Published 21|06|20

KL.FM (Kings Lynn) (PDF, 271.4 KB)
Published 21|06|20

Lincs FM (Lincoln)  (PDF, 264.9 KB)
Published 21|06|20

Minster FM (York) (PDF, 271.0 KB)
Published 21|06|20

Mix 96 (Aylesbury)  (PDF, 272.5 KB)
Published 21|06|20

North Norfolk Radio (PDF, 278.7 KB)
Published 21|06|20

Peak FM (Chesterfield)  (PDF, 272.8 KB)
Published 21|06|20

Pirate FM (Cornwall)  (PDF, 271.6 KB)
Published 21|06|20

Pulse 1 (Bradford & Huddersfield) (PDF, 270.8 KB)
Published 21|06|20

Radio Aire (Leeds)  (PDF, 272.6 KB)
Published 21|06|20

Radio Norwich (PDF, 269.7 KB)
Published 21|06|20

Radio Wave (Blackpool) (PDF, 262.7 KB)
Published 21|06|20

Sam FM (Bristol) (PDF, 268.5 KB)
Published 21|06|20

Sam FM (Swindon) (PDF, 273.2 KB)
Published 21|06|20

Signal 1 (Stoke on Trent)  (PDF, 282.3 KB)
Published 21|06|20

Signal 107 (Kidderminster) (PDF, 271.4 KB)
Published 21|06|20

Signal 107 (Shrewsbury & Oswestry) (PDF, 271.3 KB)
Published 21|06|20

Signal 107 (Telford) (PDF, 271.4 KB)
Published 21|06|20

Signal 107 (Wolverhampton)  (PDF, 272.7 KB)
Published 21|06|20

Spire FM (Salisbury)  (PDF, 272.3 KB)
Published 21|06|20

Spirit FM (Chichester) (PDF, 272.3 KB)
Published 21|06|20

Ridings FM (Wakefield) (PDF, 265.8 KB)
Published 21|06|20

Rother FM (Rotherham) (PDF, 272.4 KB)
Published 21|06|20

Rutland Radio (Rutland) (PDF, 279.2 KB)
Published 21|06|20

Stray FM (Harrogate) (PDF, 269.9 KB)
Published 21|06|20

The Beach (Great Yarmouth & Lowestoft) (PDF, 263.7 KB)
Published 21|06|20

Eagle Radio (Guildford)  (PDF, 281.8 KB)
Published 21|06|20

The Wave (Swansea) (PDF, 264.1 KB)
Published 21|06|20

Tower FM (Bolton & Bury) (PDF, 278.8 KB)
Published 21|06|20

Trax FM (Bassetlaw) (PDF, 272.8 KB)
Published 21|06|20

Trax FM (Doncaster) (PDF, 271.1 KB)
Published 21|06|20

Viking FM (Humberside) (PDF, 269.5 KB)
Published 21|06|20

Wessex FM (Weymouth & Dorchester) (PDF, 272.4 KB)
Published 21|06|20

WIRE FM (Warrington & Halton)  (PDF, 270.2 KB)
Published 21|06|20

WISH FM (Wigan & St. Helens) (PDF, 271.7 KB)
Published 21|06|20

Yorkshire Coast Radio (Bridlington) (PDF, 273.6 KB)
Published 21|06|20

Yorkshire Coast Radio (Scarborough) (PDF, 270.9 KB)
Published 21|06|20

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.

Compass FM (Grimsby) (PDF, 193.6 KB)
Published 15|07|2020

Spirit FM (South West Sussex) (PDF, 218.8 KB)
Published 15|07|2020

Stray FM (Harrogate) (PDF, 219.5 KB)
Published 15|07|2020

Spire FM (Salisbury) (PDF, 211.5 KB)
Published 15|07|2020

Ridings FM (Wakefield) (PDF, 198.0 KB)
Published 15|07|2020

Digital Radio

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

Licensee
Liverpool Live 24/7 Media Ltd
David Lloyd
DORSET COMMUNITY RADIO LTD
Mearns Community Radio Limited
Riverside Broadcasting C.I.C.
Oxygen Radio UK Limited

DAB multiplex variations

The following multiplex variations were agreed during this period:

ChangeMultiplex
Addition of Hot Radio – Positive Upbeat Dance, Soul, Disco, Club Classics & Chart Hits from Today & the last 3 decades!
Addition of Serenade Radio – Light, easy-listening music and friendly conversation targeted at the over 65s.
Bournemouth
Addition of Like Radio – A popular music service aimed at 15-30 year olds. Somerset     
Addition of The Breeze – A simulcast of Ofcom licence AL100798, providing a broad music based and local information station for adults.Somerset, Gloucestershire
Addition of Liverpool Live – A local station for Liverpool and the Merseyside area with 100% local content 24 hours a day.
North East Wales & West Cheshire
Removal of Radio 210 – A music led station predominantly playing 80s and 90s.Berkshire & North Hampshire
Removal of Pirate 80s – A mainstream music station, predominantly playing tracks which were popular in the 1980s. Cornwall
Addition of Heat Radio – A predominantly music based radio station which keeps the listener up to speed on all the celebrity gossip and news. The music style will be bright, contemporary and popular, fast paced and upbeat with a mix of cool new and classic pop. The target audience is upmarket 18-34 year old women. There will be a minimum of 10% speech during daytime hours.
Removal if Absolute Radio 00s – A 2000s-centric music service.
Inverness
Addition of Mearns FM – A music and speech service for the South Aberdeenshire community.Aberdeen

Analogue Community Radio

Community Radio Fund

The second round of the Community Radio Fund 2020-21 is now closed. The awarding Panel will meet in August 2020 to consider the applications.

The Ofcom Annual Report on Community Radio Fund 2019-20 (PDF, 240.5 KB) has been submitted to the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) and is available on our website.

Licences awarded in this period

Ofcom has announced, and published the reasons for, the award of 3 community radio licences:

Service nameLicenseeLocation
Inspiration FM Inspiration Radio Ltd Northampton
EmbraceCreativity Media ServicesNorthampton LtdNorthampton
Revolution RadioRevolution Radio LtdNorthampton

The full statement (PDF, 189.4 KB) is available.

Licences issued in this period

Service nameLicenseeLocation
Inspiration FM Inspiration Radio Ltd Northampton
Coast FMNorth West Student & Youth Community Radio
Limited
Coleraine
Cross Counties RadioCross Counties RadioLutterworth

Licence extensions granted in this period

A five year extension has been granted to the following:

Service nameLicenseeLocationNew expiry date
Inspire FMHouse of AbrahamLutonJuly 2025
RWSfm 103.3Radio West Suffolk LtdBury St EdmundsAugust 2025
Unity RadioNorth West Media LtdManchesterAugust 2025
AKASH Radio LeedsAkash Radio Leeds LtdLeedsAugust 2025
Zetland FMEast  Cleveland Community Radio LtdRedcarAugust 2025

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:

Spark FM (PDF, 133.6 KB)
Published 06|07|2020

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
TD1Galashiels

Coverage extensions agreed:

StationRiviera
Current licence areaTorbay
Extended licence areaTorbay and surrounding areas
Reasons for agreeing to the extension

Increase in the licensed area: a power increase to extend the service to surrounding areas was agreed. The increase in the size of the adult population served was not deemed to be significant.

Exceptional circumstances: Ofcom did not need to consider whether there were ‘exceptional circumstances’ to justify an increase in this case.

Other considerations:

  • The application was primarily to extend the service from Torbay to Dartmouth. However, local topography meant this was impossible via a power increase
  • However, the applicant also highlighted that some areas surrounding Torbay are underserved by community or local radio operators meaning a lack of vital news and information. The extension will therefore enable these additional communities to be served
  • The coverage will not extend into a significant area which resulted in a minimal increase in adult population figures
  • Extending the service will not pose any issue with interference
StationCannock Chase
Current licence areaCannock and Rugeley
Extended licence areaCannock, Rugeley and Burntwood
Reasons for agreeing to the extension

Increase in licensed area: An extension via a relay at Burntwood was AGREED. The increase in the size of the adult population served was not deemed to be significant.

Exceptional circumstances: Ofcom did not need to consider whether there were ‘exceptional circumstances’ to justify an increase in this case.

Other considerations:

  • The topography and incoming interference makes coverage into Burntwood from the existing transmission parameters particularly challenging.
  • The applicant highlighted that the area is underserved due to absence of local services. The extension will therefore enable the target population to be served by an FM service which provides targeted local news and information.
  • The applicant cited the relationship and affinities between the towns including work-related associations in addition to cultural, educational and commercial links. Organisations and individuals from Burntwood also currently feature in programming.
  • Cannock and Burntwood are under the jurisdiction of Staffordshire County Council and events such as music festivals overlap both towns.