Radio broadcast update November 2017

05 December 2017


Analogue commercial radio

Licence ‘pre-advertisements’

Ofcom has today invited declarations of intent to apply for the following FM local commercial radio licences. 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
Coleraine/Northern Media Group Limited (Q Radio) (PDF, 493.4 KB) 25 January 2019 25 January 2031 5pm on Wednesday 20 December 2017

Digital radio

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

Licensee

Service name

5 Rivers Radio Limited

Rivers Radio

Vita Radio

Vita Radio

Soul Train Radio Limited

Soul Train Radio

Forest Heath Public Radio Ltd

Zack FM 105.3

DAB multiplex variations

The following multiplex variations were agreed in this period.

Change

Multiplex

Addition of Scottish Sun Christmas - A music service operating 24 hours per day playing a broad selection of seasonal and Christmas songs. (Temporary service from 17 November to 27 December 2017).

Central Scotland

Addition of Scottish Sun 80s - A music station playing the most popular songs from the 1980s. (From 28 December 2017).

Central Scotland

Addition of Scottish Sun Hits - A music station playing the biggest current songs and a selection of fresh new music. (From 01 January 2018).

Central Scotland

Addition of Scottish Sun Greatest Hits - A music station playing the greatest hits of all time. (From 01 January 2018).

Central Scotland

Addition of Signal Christmas -  A music service operating 24 hours per day playing a broad selection of seasonal and Christmas songs. (Temporary service from 10 November to 27 December 2017).

Stoke-on-Trent

Addition of Signal 80s - A music station playing the most popular songs from the 1980s. (From 28 December 2017).

Stoke-on-Trent

Addition of Total Access - A music station playing the biggest current songs and a selection of fresh new music. (From 01 January 2018).

Stoke-on-Trent, Swansea, Bradford & Huddersfield.

Addition of Wave Christmas - A music service operating 24 hours per day playing a broad selection of seasonal and Christmas songs. (Temporary service from 17 November to 27 December 2017).

Swansea

Addition of Wave 80s - A music station playing the most popular songs from the 1980s. (From 28 December 2017).

Swansea

Addition of Pulse Christmas - A music service operating 24 hours per day playing a broad selection of seasonal and Christmas songs. (Temporary service from 17 November to 27 December 2017).

Bradford & Huddersfield

Addition of Pulse 80s - A music station playing the most popular songs from the 1980s. (From 28 December 2017).

Bradford & Huddersfield

Addition of Total Star - Adult Contemporary radio station for Gloucestershire.

Gloucestershire

Addition of Radio Marsden Christmas - A music service operating 24 hours per day over the festive season, playing Christmas and seasonal music along with selected simulcasts of Radio Marsden’s general output for the Royal Marsden Hospitals. (Temporary service from 01 December 2017 to 01 January 2018).

Surrey

Addition of Mince Pie Non-Stop - A festive music station playing a selection of mainstream Christmas music from the 1950s to today. (Temporary service from 01-26 December 2017).

North Yorkshire

Addition of Soul Train Radio - Current and classic tracks from soul, jazz, disco, R&B, groove, house, funk and related genres.

Bristol

Analogue community radio

'Expressions of interest' in applying for a licence

We are inviting groups interested in applying for a community radio licence (PDF, 411.0 KB) to submit an 'expression of interest', outlining their intention to apply. These ‘expressions of interest’ will assist with the planning of a further invitation to apply for community radio licences.

The closing date for responses is 5pm on Wednesday 6 December 2017.

Licences awarded in this period and reasons for the awards

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

Service name

Area

Cannock Chase Radio

Cannock and Rugeley, Staffordshire

Dean Radio

Cinderford, Forest of Dean

Keynsham Town Community Radio (KTCR)

Keynsham, Somerset

Ninesprings FM

Yeovil, Somerset

Purbeck Coast FM

Swanage, Dorset

Radio Newquay

Newquay, Cornwall

Rhondda Radio

Rhondda valleys (the Fawr and the Fach).

Ridgeway Community Radio

Dorchester, West Dorset

West Somerset Radio

Minehead, Somerset

See the full statement (PDF, 626.7 KB).

Licences issued in this period

Service Name

Licensee

Location

Park Radio

Park Radio Ltd

Diss, Harleston, Eye

Radio Caroline

Radio Caroline AM Broadcasting Ltd

North Essex and Suffolk

Vectis Radio

Vectis Radio Limited

Newport, Isle of Wight

Licence extensions granted in this period

A five year extension has been granted to the following:

Service name

Licensee

Location

New expiry date

Abbey 104

Radio Sherborne Community Interest Company

Sherborne, Dorset

15 February 2023

Brick FM

Brick FM Limited

St Boswells, Scottish Borders

21 January 2023

Saint FM

St Peters Studio and Community Radio Limited

Burnham on Crouch, Essex

30 November 2022

Swindon 105.5

Community Radio Swindon Limited

Swindon, Wiltshire

14 March 2023

Tone FM

Tone FM Limited

Taunton, Somerset

27 February 2023

Licence Transfers in this period

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

Service name

Location

New Licensee

BRfm

Brynmawr, Blaenau Gwent

BGFM Limited