Radio broadcast update: September 2016

11 October 2016

Analogue Commercial Radio

Invitations to apply under fast-track

Ofcom has received one declaration for the following licences, in each case 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

Ballymena (Q107)

Northern Media Group Limited

Ashford (KMFM)

KM Media Group Limited

Digital Radio

Licences issued in this period

Licence type

Licensee

Service name/description

DL*

MuxCo Suffolk Limited

Radio multiplex for Suffolk. This multiplex will launch with the following services: Heart, Smooth, Suffolk First, Chris Country, Fun Kids and BBC Radio Suffolk.

* DL, Local Radio Multiplex Licence

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:

Licensee

Service name

Small Scale Trial DAB Multiplex Area

Simon Twiddy

Trickstar Radio

Brighton

This is Electric Limited

This is Electric

Cambridge, Woking

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

The following services are no longer licensed. The relevant licence is either:

  • No longer required by the licensee so has been handed back or;
  • In the case of a licence covering multiple services, has been amended to remove the requirement to provide the specific service or;
  • Revoked for breach of a licence condition.

Licence type

Licensee

Service name

RLCS*

GTMN Limited

RLCS Global Tamil Broadcasting Corporation

*RLCS, Radio Licensable Content Service

DAB multiplex variations

The following multiplex variations were agreed in this period.

Change

Multiplex

Addition of Capital UK – A contemporary and chart music led service for under 40s

D1 National

Additon of Union Jack – A music-intensive station playing a variety of pop/rock and classic rock of British origin for over-35s.

SDL National

Removal of Kiss - A contemporary and classic dance music station primarily for under 30s.  Identifiable specialist music features for at least 36 hours per week

Berkshire & North Hampshire, Cornwall, Plymouth

Addition of KCFM – A full service station for Kingston Upon Hull playing broad music with news and information. A simulcast of AL000315.

Lincolnshire

Removal of Escape - An experimental service featuring an ambient soundscape to convey the atmosphere of Cornwall, without speech or music.

Cornwall

Community Radio

Community Radio Fund – Round 2, 2016-17

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. The awarding Panel is due to meet on 17 January 2017 to consider the applications.

Grants can only be made to community radio licence holders, and for this round an applicant community radio station must be broadcasting the licensed service by the time the Panel meets in January 2017.

The latest application form and guidance notes are available on Ofcom’s website, together with statements detailing the outcome of previous Panel meetings.  https://www.ofcom.org.uk/tv-radio-and-on-demand/information-for-industry/radio-broadcasters/community-radio-fund

For further information, please contact Ofcom’s Community Radio Team via email: communityradiofund@ofcom.org.uk or by telephone 020 7981 3886.

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

Service name

Licensee

Location

Reason

Radio Teesdale

Teesdale Community Broadcasting Limited

Barnard Castle, County Durham

Licence surrender

West Wolds Radio

West Wolds Radio Limited

Pocklington, East Riding of Yorkshire

Licence surrender

Licence extensions granted in this period

A five year extension has been granted to the following:

Service name

Licensee

Location

New expiry date

Angel Radio Isle of Wight

Angel Radio Isle of Wight Limited

Newport, Isle of Wight

23 March 2022

Fantasy Radio

Fantasy Radio Limited

Devizes, Wiltshire

28 February 2022

WCR

WCR Community Radio

Warminster

31 March 2022