Radio broadcast update September 2017

03 October 2017


Analogue commercial radio

Bristol licence re-advertisement

Following the ‘pre-advertisement’ of this licence last month, Ofcom has received two ‘declarations of intent’ to apply for the local FM commercial radio licence for Bristol, from the following companies:

  • Celador Radio Limited (the incumbent licensee, broadcasting as ‘The Breeze’).
  • Nation Broadcasting Limited.

We are today publishing a full licence re-advertisement for Bristol (PDF, 710.3 KB).

Ipswich licence re-advertisement

Following the ‘pre-advertisement’ of this licence last month, Ofcom has received two ‘declarations of intent’ to apply for the local FM commercial radio licence for Ipswich, from the following companies:

  • MuxCo
  • Town 102 Limited (the incumbent licensee, broadcasting as ‘Town 102’).

We are today publishing a full licence re-advertisement for Ipswich (PDF, 708.7 KB).

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-award

Closing date for declarations of intent

Newry / Q Radio (PDF, 495.4 KB)

11 December 2018

12 December 2030

25 October 2017

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

Bridlington (Yorkshire Coast Radio)

Yorkshire Coast radio Limited

Swansea (Swansea Bay Radio)

Swansea Bay Radio Limited

Re-awards

Ofcom has today announced that it has re-awarded the following local FM commercial radio licences to the current licensees. The licences have 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

Ashford (KM FM)

KM Media Group Limited

Kidderminster (Signal 107)Talksport Limited
Norwich (Radio Norwich)99.9 Radio Norwich Limited

Digital radio

DAB multiplex variations

The following multiplex variations were agreed in this period:

Change

Multiplex(es)

Addition of Last Pirate Radio  -  Last Pirate Radio is a pop-up radio station celebrating 50 years since the Maritime Broadcasting Act came into force. (Broadcast is from 10 September to 16 September 2017 only).

Bournemouth

Central Scotland

Norfolk

North East Wales & West Cheshire

Removal of Kiss Fresh – Non-stop new beats.

Digiatl One (UK)

Addition of Magic Christmas - A pop music station featuring Christmas songs and hits from the festive period from the 1950s to today.

Digital One (UK)


Analogue community radio

Invitation for community radio licence applications

Ofcom has 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 service. Information about the application process, including how to pay the application fee is in the Invitation of applications for community radio licences (PDF, 435.5 KB)

The guidance notes and application form are available in Apply for a Community Radio licence.

The closing date for receipt of applications is 3pm on Tuesday 24 October 2017.

For reference, see our statement on future licensing and technical policy for community radio.

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

Service name

Licensee

Location

Reason

The Hub

Hub Media C.I.C.

Truro

Revocation

Licence extensions granted in this period

A five year extension has been granted to the following:

Service name

Licensee

Location

New expiry date

Bay FM

Bay FM Radio Limited

Exmouth

28 March 2023

Phonic FM

Exeter Community Radio

Exeter

14 February 2023

Licence Transfers in this period

Service name

Location

New Licensee

Pure 107.8 FM

Stockport

107.8FM Limited