Radio broadcast update March 2021

06 April 2021

Restricted Service Licensing

Limited Coverage Trial

Ofcom has published details of a planned technical trial. This is for very limited coverage use for restricted service licences (RSLs).

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
Sunderland (PDF, 180.1 KB)31 December 202131 December 20333pm on 28 April 2021

Licence renewals granted in this period

A seven year renewal has been granted to the following:

Area (station)Current Licensee
Plymouth (Greatest Hits Radio)Bauer Media Audio Ltd

A five year renewal has been granted to the following:

Area (station)Current Licensee
Chelsmford (Radio Essex)Radio Essex Ltd
Caernarfon (Capital)Marcher Radio Group Ltd

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.

Greatest Hits Radio (Oldham) (PDF, 222.3 KB)
Published 01|04|21

Digital Radio

Small-scale DAB: addendum to multiplex guidance notes

Ofcom has today published an addendum to Ofcom’s guidance notes for small-scale radio multiplex applicants and licensees on ensuring the integrity of the award process following receipt of applications (PDF, 86.0 KB).

Small-scale DAB: latest multiplex awards

The following small-scale radio multiplex licence awards were announced by Ofcom on 31 March:

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

Community digital sound programme licence applications received between 24 February and 30 March 2021 can be found on our website. Applications have been made for services in Bradford.

C-DSP licences issued during in this period

Radio Asian Fever CICLeeds
River Media Broadcast Group LimitedDerry/Londonderry
Radio Rangoli CICLeeds
Mighty Radio LtdLeeds
Paisley FM (2017) LimitedGlasgow
BFBS Salisbury Plain LimitedSalisbury

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

Double Stack Media Limited
Gateway Community Media CIC
The Hits Club Radio LTD

DAB multiplex variations

The following multiplex variations were agreed during this period:


Addition of Boom Radio – Music and conversation aimed at those aged 60 to 75.

Sound Digital (national)

Addition of Trickstar Radio – Brighton's leading underground dance music station, featuring music-based shows from local DJs with talking.

South Hampshire

Removal of Radio Wirral – A local radio station for the Wirral playing classic and contemporary hits with local news and information

North East Wales & West Cheshire

Addition of Kerrang! – A service devoted to playing rock music with attitude. The station will appeal to 15 – 34 year olds and include news and information relevant to the target audience.Stoke-on-Trent
Addition of THC Radio – Music radio, with talk shows, interviews, local news, weather updates, community-based information.London 2

Analogue Community Radio

Licences issued in this period

Service nameLicenseeLocation
GLOW RADIORush FM LimitedFarnborough

Licence extensions granted in this period

A five year extension has been granted to the following:

Service nameLicenseeLocationNew expiry date
Ribble FMRibble FM C.I.CRibble24/07/2026
BFBS EdinburghBFBS Edinburgh LimitedEdinburgh South13/08/2026
Endeavour FMEndeavour Radio LimitedBoston21/08/2026
Crescent RadioCrescent Community Radio LtdRochdale16/09/2026
Radio IkhlasRadio Ikhlas LimitedDerby22/09/2026
Bradford Asian RadioBradford Asian Radio Limited CompanyBradford30/11/2026
Phoenix FMPhoenix FM LimitedBrentwood22/03/2027
Voice FMVoice FM LimitedSouthampton21/08/2026
Your FM107.8FM LimitedStockport12/09/2026
Fever FMRadio Asian Fever CICLeeds (Harehills & Chapelton)28/02/2027
Angel Radio Isle of WightAngel Radio Isle of Wight LimitedIsle of Wight23/03/2027
Diverse FMDiverse FM Community Media & Training LtdLuton28/03/2027