Radio broadcast update October 2016
Analogue Commercial Radio
Local licence awarded in Scotland
Ofcom has recently announced that RockScot Ltd (Rock Radio Glasgow) has been awarded the advertised FM commercial radio licence in the west central Scotland area. Ofcom will shortly publish a statement setting out the key determining factors for the award of this licence, which will be issued for a 12-year period.
A news release is available here
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)
|Proposed expiry date following re-award||Closing date for declarations of intent|
|Durham (PDF, 102.5 KB)/ Alpha Radio Ltd (Star Radio)||4 December 2017||4 December 2029||3.00pm, 22 November 2016|
Licences issued in this period
|DSPS||Encore Radio Limited||Encore Radio - A radio station playing music from theatre and film musicals, with speech of relevance for the target audience.|
|DSPS||Bloomberg UK Limited||Bloomberg Radio - A financial and business news service.|
* DSPS, Digital Sound Programme Service licence (local)
The following Digital Sound Programme Service (‘DSPS’) licences were issued during this period to services planning to broadcast on the small-scale trial DAB multiplexes:
Small Scale Trial DAB Multiplex Area
|Iain Swanston||Radio Telstar||Glasgow|
DAB multiplex variations
The following multiplex variations were agreed in this period.
|Addition of Encore Radio – A radio station playing music from theatre and film musicals, with speech of relevance for the target audience.||Essex, Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire and Buckinghamshire, Kent, Surrey|
|Addition of Bloomberg - A financial and business news service.||London III|
Analogue Community Radio
Consultation on future licensing and technical policy
Next year we propose to run a fourth round of community radio licensing which is shorter and more focused than previous rounds. In addition we are considering changing our technical policy to better take into account individual station coverage area requirements.
This Consultation seeks views on our preferred licensing approach for this forthcoming round and on a revised technical policy. The closing date for responses is 22 December 2016.
‘Expressions of interest’ in applying for a licence
In order to assist our planning for future community radio development, we are inviting prospective applicants for community radio licences to submit an 'expression of interest' outlining their intention to apply. The closing date for responses is 22 December 2016.
Community Radio Fund – Round 2, 2016-to-17
The second round for funding applications to the Community Radio Fund in 2016-17 is open for applications from 19 October until 5pm on Wednesday 16 November 2016.
Grants can only be made to community radio licence holders, and for this round a station must be broadcasting the licensed service by the time the Panel meets in January 2017 and there must be at least 15 months left on the licence term.
The latest application form and guidance notes are available on our website, together with statements detailing the outcome of previous Panel meetings.
For further information, please contact Ofcom’s Community Radio Team via email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Licences issued in this period
The University of Northampton Enterprises Limited
Wycombe Community Radio CIC
Services which have ceased to be licensed (handed back or revoked) in this period
|Radio JCom||Radio JCom Limited||Leeds||Licence Surrender|
Licence extensions granted in this period
A five year extension has been granted to the following:
New expiry date
|Asian Star 101.6 FM||Asian Star Community Radio Limited||Slough||11 March 2022|
|Cross Rhythms Plymouth||Spirit of Plymouth (Radio) Limited||Plymouth||28 March 2022|
|Insanity Radio||Royal Holloway and Bedford New College||Egham||06 March 2022|
|Oldham Community Radio||Oldham Community Broadcasting Ltd||Oldham||16 March 2022|
|RNIB Connect Radio||The Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB)||Glasgow||29 March 2022|
|Sunny Govan Radio||Sunny Govan Community Media Group||Glasgow||22 March 2022|
Short-term Restricted Service Licences
Application process for Short-term Restricted Service Licences between 24 May and 28 June 2017
Ofcom is inviting applications for SRSLs from those wishing to provide a temporary analogue radio service for any dates between Wednesday 24 May and Wednesday 28 June 2017 (inclusive).
Ramadan falls within this period, and Ofcom expects to receive a large number of applications to run radio stations at that time. As a result, in some locations in the UK, due to the high demand for SRSLs and the limited number of FM frequencies available, Ofcom expects to have to allocate licences by way of a draw.
The large number of applications Ofcom expects to receive also makes it impractical for us to accept applications on the usual 'first come, first served' basis.
Applicants wishing to provide an SRSL service for any dates between 24 May and 28 June 2017 are therefore requested to submit their application between Thursday 24 November 2016 and Thursday 01 December 2016.
Further details are available on our website.