Radio broadcast update October 2016

01 November 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

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-awardClosing 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

Digital Radio

Licences issued in this period

Licence type


Service name/description

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:


Service name

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:

Licences issued in this period

Service name




The University of Northampton Enterprises Limited


Wycombe Sound

Wycombe Community Radio CIC

High Wycombe

Services which have ceased to be licensed (handed back or revoked) in this period

Service name




Radio JCom Radio JCom Limited Leeds Licence Surrender

Licence extensions granted in this period

A five year extension has been granted to the following:

Service name



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.