Radio broadcast update May 2017

06 June 2017


Analogue commercial radio

Invitations to apply under 'fast track'

Ofcom has received one declaration for the following licence from the current licensee. 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
Norwich (Radio Norwich 99.9) 99.9 Radio Norwich 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.

Minster FM (York) - Format Change Request (PDF, 307.4 KB)

Published 30|05|17

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.

Section 355 Review of Output: Juice 107.2 (Brighton) (PDF, 318.8 KB)

Published 30|05|17


Digital radio

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

Licensee Service name

Leicester Radio Broadcasting Ltd

LRB Digital

Communities Together

Radio Sangam

DAB multiplex variations

The following multiplex variations were agreed in this period:

Change

Multiplex

Addition of Jack 3 – A music-intensive station playing an eclectic mix of easy hits for the over-50s.

Oxfordshire

Removal of Glow Radio – Contemporary hits alongside 90s classics, targeting a core 16 to 35 year old audience.

Gloucestershire

Removal of Share Radio – A service featuring news, analysis and coverage of business, finance and economic issues at key times, together with other programming of relevance to the target audience.

National II

Addition of Radio Exe – A full local service dedicated to listeners in Exeter and the surrounding area, combining a wide variety of classic and contemporary music together with a high-quality, distinctive range of speech and information features focused on matters of local interest and relevance.

Exeter & Torbay

Addition of LRB Digital – A speech and music station, with a range of content reflecting the British Muslim lifestyle, playing nasheeds and with religious speech content.

Leicestershire

Removal of Vale Radio – A local radio station with community news, local matters, information, events, great music frm the 50s to now and specialist programmes ranging from classical to folk and blues.

North Yorkshire

Addition of Star Digital – A broad hits-based station providing local information for 25-54 year-olds in the Darlington area, with a strong commitment to local news.

North Yorkshire

Addition of Summer Sun – A music service operating 24-hrs a day playing a broad selection of summer songs.

Central Scotland

Addition of Summer Sun – A music service operating 24-hrs a day playing a broad selection of summer songs.

Aberdeen


Analogue community radio

Invitation for community radio licence applications

Ofcom has invited community radio licence applications to provide services in the areas for which we received responses to our call for expressions of interest, and which are not within the coverage area of an existing licensed community radio service. The guidance notes and application form are available in Apply for a Community Radio licence.

The closing date for receipt of applications is 3pm on Thursday 27 July 2017.

We are taking applications in two 'windows', and during the second window, Ofcom will be inviting community radio licence applications to provide services in the areas for which we received responses to our call for expressions of interest (PDF, 160.3 KB), and which overlap with the coverage area of an existing licensed community radio service. The list of areas and dates for this round will be published in due course.

For reference, see our statement on future licensing and technical policy for community radio.

Licences awarded in this period, and reasons for the awards

Ofcom has announced, and published the reasons for, the award of four community radio licences in London and five new community radio licences for medium wave (AM) services:

Service name

Area

Flex FM

Borough of Wandsworth and surrounding areas

Maritime Radio

Royal Borough of Greenwich

Nomad Radio

Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham

Radio Minhaj

Borough of Newham

Ark AM

Glasgow

Carillon Wellbeing Radio

West Leicestershire

Radio Caroline

Suffolk and northern parts of Essex

Radio Ninesprings

Yeovil and the South Somerset District area

Radio Seerah

Leicester

See our statement for the London awards (PDF, 177.3 KB)

See our statement for the medium wave (AM) awards (PDF, 198.7 KB)