Ofcom has today invited declarations of intent to apply for the following FM local commercial radio licence. 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|
|Mid-Ulster (Q Radio) (PDF, 205.4 KB)||31 January 2021||31 January 2033|
26 November 2019
Ofcom has 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|
|Heart (Hertford)||Shadow Radio Holdings Limited||2 March 2020|
A five-year renewal has been granted to the following:
|Area (station)||Current licensee|
|Greater London (Capital)||Global Radio Limited|
|Greater London (Gold)||Global Radio Limited|
|Swindon & West Wiltshire (Heart)||Wiltshire Radio Limited|
|Swindon & West Wiltshire (Smooth Radio)||Global Radio (AM) Limited)|
Ofcom has published a consultation on a proposed variation to talkSPORT's national analogue radio licence. The closing date for responses is 13 November 2019.
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.
Whenever a local radio licence undergoes a ‘change of control’ (for example when it is sold), Ofcom is required under section 355 of the Communications Act 2003 to undertake a review of its programme output.
Specifically, Ofcom must review the likely effect of the change of control on:
When the review has been completed, Ofcom may amend the content requirements of the licence.
Anglian Radio local FM stations (PDF, 242.0 KB)
The Breeze (various FM licences) (PDF, 269.7 KB)
|A Spokesman Said Limited|
|Quest Media Network Limited|
|Radio Maria Limited|
The following multiplex variations were agreed during this period:
Addition of Pulse Xmas - A music service operating 24-hrs a day playing a broad selection of seasonal and Christmas songs.
Bradford & Huddersfield
Addition of LBC News - A speech station featuring predominantly rolling news
Addition of Signal Xmas - A music service operating 24-hrs a day playing a broad selection of seasonal and Christmas songs.
Addition of Wave Xmas - A music service operating 24-hrs a day playing a broad selection of seasonal and Christmas songs.
Addition of Radio Maria England - A radio station whose primary purpose is to preach and teach the Catholic faith.
London 2, Cambridge
Addition of Dubai Now - An Arabic language music radio station which specialises in a modern and youthful style, targeting the UK audience of Arabic expats and visitors
The local radio multiplex licence for the Channel Islands was awarded by Ofcom to Bailiwick Broadcasting Limited. We have published a statement (PDF, 129.2 KB) regarding the award.
|BFBS Shorncliffe||BFBS Shorncliffe Limited||Shorncliffe, Folkestone|
|Nomad Radio||Nomads Media Ltd||Hammersmith and Fulham|
|Radio MAC||Media Arts and Culture Ltd||Bradford|
|Liverpool Community Radio||KensingtonVision Community Interest Company||Liverpool, Merseyside|
|Jorvik Radio||Jorvik Radio Limited||York|
A five-year extension has been granted to the following:
|Service name||Licensee||Location||New expiry date|
Speysound Radio Limited
Badenoch & Strathspey
Prince Bishop Community Broadcasting Ltd
East Yorkshire Broadcasting Limited
Dunoon Community Radio
Dunoon Radio Ltd
Wirral Christian Media Limited
Tamworth Radio Broadcasting CIC
|Heritage Radio AM||British Muslim Heritage Centre||South Manchester||AM licence surrender (new FM Licence started)|
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 available on our website.
Changes to Key Commitments agreed in this period:
Radio Scilly (PDF, 189.9 KB)
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:
Ofcom received around 130 requests for an improvement or an extension from existing community radio stations and the work is nearing completion.
The success of an application is, amongst other things, dependent on frequency availability and whether there may be an increase in harmful outgoing interference to other stations. In every case we need to take account of other services (community, commercial and BBC) on the same frequency or an adjacent one to yours (or to a frequency that we may be considering for a relay).
Please see the guidance document (PDF, 325.1 KB) for further information.