Radio broadcast update May 2020
Analogue Commercial Radio
Licence renewals granted in this period
A seven year renewal has been granted to the following:
|Area (station)||Current licensee|
|Heart (Morecambe Bay)||Global Radio Limited|
A five year renewal has been granted to the following:
|Area (station)||Current licensee|
|Radio XL (Birmingham)||Central Air Radio Limited|
Services which have ceased to be licensed (handed back or revoked) in this period
|Absolute Classic Rock||Bauer Radio Limited||Birmingham||Surrendered|
|Absolute Classic Rock||Bauer Radio Limited||Wolverhampton, Shrewsbury & Telford||Surrendered|
|Greatest Hits Radio||Bauer Radio Limited||Coventry & Warwickshire||Surrendered|
|Radio City Talk||Bauer Radio Limited||Merseyside||Surrendered|
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.
Isle of Wight Radio (PDF, 318.5 KB)
More Radio (Eastbourne) (PDF, 321.0 KB)
More Radio (Hastings) (PDF, 297.5 KB)
More Radio (Haywards Heath) (PDF, 274.4 KB)
More Radio (Worthing) (PDF, 317.7 KB)
Wave FM (Dundee) (PDF, 367.7 KB)
Wave FM (Perth) (PDF, 367.8 KB)
Commencement of small-scale DAB licensing
Following the publication of our Statement in April on Licensing small-scale DAB (PDF, 6.0 MB), Ofcom is today announcing that we plan to advertise the first (‘Round One’) small-scale radio multiplex licences on Tuesday 1 September 2020. This will also be the date from which applicants will be able to apply for a Community Digital Sound Programme (‘C-DSP’) licence to broadcast a C-DSP service on any of the multiplex services for which licences are being advertised in Round One.
In light of the ongoing coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic, and its impact on stakeholders, we sent a short questionnaire to those people who had previously expressed an interest in applying for a small-scale radio multiplex licence in one or more of the Round One locations before going ahead with publishing the advertisements. The planned date of 1 September is a result of the feedback we received, and may be subject to change as the coronavirus situation and its impact on stakeholders and Ofcom develops in coming months. Once we advertise the multiplex licences, applicants will have 12 weeks to prepare and submit their applications before the closing date.
The list of multiplex licence areas we plan to advertise on 1 September is as follows:
|Alnwick & Morpeth||Isles of Scilly|
|Bradford||Newcastle & Gateshead|
|Clevedon, Avonmouth & Filton||Salisbury|
|Dudley & Stourbridge||Sheffield & Rotherham|
|East Bristol, Mangotsfield & Keynsham||South Birmingham|
|Edinburgh||Tynemouth & South Shields|
Digital sound programme service (DSPS) licences issued during in this period
DAB multiplex variations
The following multiplex variations were agreed during this period:
|Removal of Cyber Radio – A music-oriented station featuring adult oriented music for a broad audience with particular appeal for listeners aged 18-44.||Surrey|
|Removal of IBC Tamil – A service comprising news, information and music for the Tamil community.||London 3|
|Removal of Rathergood Radio – A broad hits-based music station for 25 to 54 year olds.||London 3|
|Removal of Radio City Talk – A service of rock hits with news, local sport and information programming for the Liverpool area, aimed primarily at males, particularly those aged between 35 and 49.||Liverpool|
|Addition of 88.3 Centreforce – A specialist music service playing House and Garage from the 1988-89 era forward.||North East Wales & West Cheshire|
Analogue Community Radio
Licences awarded in this period
Ofcom has announced, and published the reasons for, the award of 6 community radio licences:
|Croydon FM||Croydon FM C.I.C||Croydon and surrounding areas|
|DHI||Digital Hits Network Limited||North Somerset|
|Dover FM||Dover Radio CIC||Dover and surrounding areas, Kent|
|Radio West Fife||Radio West Fife SCIO||Dunfermline and surrounding areas|
|Rainbow Radio||Rainbow Broadcasting Limited||Forest Hill and surrounding areas|
|Select Radio||Select Radio Limited||Dulwich, Lewisham and surrounding areas|
The full statement (PDF, 176.7 KB) can be viewed on our website.
Licences issued in this period
|Leeds Dance Community Radio||Leeds Dance community radio LTD||Leeds|
Invitation to apply for community radio licences in Northampton
Ofcom is inviting applications for FM community radio services in Northampton. The closing date for receiving applications is 3pm on Monday 13 July 2020.
The full invitation can be viewed on our website.
Licence extensions granted in this period
A five year extension has been granted to the following:
|Service name||Licensee||Location||New expiry date|
|Belfast 89FM||Belfast FM Limited||Belfast||29/6/2025|
|Future Radio||The NR5 Project||Norwich||1/7/2025|
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:
Wey Valley Radio (PDF, 257.4 KB)
Hailsham FM (PDF, 242.1 KB)
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: