Radio broadcast update October 2017

07 November 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

Newry (Q Radio)

Northern Media Group Limited

Re-awards

Ofcom has today announced that it has re-awarded the following local FM commercial radio licence to the current licensee. The licence has been re-awarded under Ofcom’s ‘fast-track’ process, as set out in published guidelines, and will be for a period of 12 years from the current expiry date:

Area (station)

Current Licensee

Current expiry date

Ballymena (Q Radio)

Northern Media Group Limited

31 October 2017

Torbay licence award

On 16 October Ofcom announced that, following a full licence contest, it had re-awarded the local FM commercial radio licence for Torbay to Celador Radio Limited (broadcasting as The Breeze). See the licence award statement (PDF, 110.6 KB).

Licence renewals granted in this period

A seven year renewal has been granted to the following:

Area (station)

Current Licensee

South Hams (Heart)

South Hams Radio Limited

A five year renewal has been granted to the following:

Area (station)

Current Licensee

Manchester (Gold)

Capital Gold Manchester 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.

Spectrum Radio (London) (PDF, 140.8 KB)
Published 03|10|17

Digital radio

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

Licensee

Service name

Classic Hits Limited

Classic Hits

Christmas Radio (UK) LtdChristmas FM

DAB multiplex variations

The following multiplex variations were agreed in this period.

Change

Multiplex

Removal of Star Extra – A broad hits-based station providing local information for 25 to 54 year-olds.

Addition of Upload Radio ­– A mixed-format station broadcasting a variety of different programmes made by individuals, organisations and existing radio stations.

North Yorkshire

Removal of Upload Radio –  A mixed-format station broadcasting a variety of different programmes made by individuals, organisations and existing radio stations.

Gloucestershire

Addition of Christmas FM (temporary service from 27 November to 26 December) – An all Christmas radio station playing a wide mix of continuous Christmas classics 24 hours a day. All aspects of the station will have a Christmas feel to it, our sound is always focused on evoking the Magic of Christmas. We are a music radio station and will feature a wide mix of adult contemporary Christmas music from across the decades, alongside the Christmas news and information of today.

North East Wales & West Cheshire

Removal of Timeless Radio –  A music orientated service aimed at 55+ year olds with a melodic easy listening format concentrating on the years from 1940 to 1970.

Addition of Christmas FM (temporary service from 27 November to 26 December) – An all Christmas radio station playing a wide mix of continuous Christmas classics 24 hours a day. All aspects of the station will have a Christmas feel to it, our sound is always focused on evoking the Magic of Christmas. We are a music radio station and will feature a wide mix of adult contemporary Christmas music from across the decades, alongside the Christmas news and information of today.

Surrey


Analogue community radio

Community radio fund

The second round of the Community Radio Fund in 2017-18 closes for applications at 5pm on Wednesday 8 November 2017. The awarding Panel will meet in January 2018 to consider the applications.

Grants can only be made to community radio licensees in the UK, who are broadcasting under a community radio licence. Applications from eligible licence-holders may be submitted in Welsh. Any application submitted in Welsh will be treated no less favourably than an application submitted in English.

For further information, please contact Ofcom's Community Radio team at communityradiofund@ofcom.org.uk

Licence extensions granted in this period

A five year extension has been granted to the following:

Service name

Licensee

Location

New expiry date

Radio St Austell Bay (RSAB)

Radio St Austell Bay Community Interest Company

St Austell, Cornwall

27 January 2023

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

Service name

Licensee

Location

Reason

Point FM

Radio Elwy Point FM Ltd (in liquidation)

Rhyl

Surrendered

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. For further details, including the application form, see Making Changes to Key Commitments.

Changes to Key Commitments agreed in this period:

Biggles FM (PDF, 321.6 KB)
Published 20|10|17

Bishop FM (PDF, 324.1 KB)
Published 20|10|17

Eden FM (PDF, 503.9 KB)
Published 20|10|17

Community Radio Licence Applications

Ofcom invited 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 existing licensed community radio services. The closing date for receipt of applications was Tuesday 24 October 2017. See the list of applicants in areas overlapping with existing services (PDF, 157.8 KB).


Short-term Restricted Service Licences (SRSLs)

Application process for SRSLs between 12 May and 16 June 2018

Ofcom is inviting applications for SRSLs from those wishing to provide a temporary analogue radio service for any dates between Saturday 12 May and Saturday 28 June 2018 (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 a service between 12 May and 16 June 2018 are therefore invited to submit their application between 13 November and 17 November 2017.

For further details, see Apply for a radio broadcast licence.