Radio broadcast update September 2018

02 October 2018

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

Alton & Haslemere (The Breeze)

Celador Radio Limited

Londonderry (Q Radio)

Northern Media Group Limited


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

Bath (The Breeze)

Celador Radio Limited

25 September 2018

Rotherham (Rother FM)

Rother FM Limited

14 October 2018

Shrewsbury & Oswestry (Signal 107)

TalkSport Limited

17 September 2018

Solent (Sam FM)

Celador Radio Limited

30 September 2018

Wakefield (Ridings FM)

Ridings FM Limited

02 October 2018

Winchester (The Breeze)

Celador Radio Limited

02 October 2018

Licence renewals granted in this period

A five year renewal has been granted to the following licences:

Area (station)

Current Licensee

Central Scotland (Heart)

Real Radio (Scotland) Limited

Greater London (Lyca Dil Se)

Lyca Media II Limited

Severn Estuary (Kiss)

Kiss 101 Limited

Southend & Chelmsford (Heart)

Essex Radio Limited

Digital radio

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


Atlas Media Team Ltd

Platform B

DAB multiplex variations

The following multiplex variations were agreed during this period:



Removal of Pirate 70s - A music-based station playing songs mostly from the 1960s and 1970s, targeting listeners aged 50+

Cornwall, Plymouth

Addition of Pirate 80s - A mainstream music station, predominantly playing tracks which were popular in the 1980s.


Removal of Capital FM UK - A contemporary and chart music led service for under 40s.


Analogue community radio

Community Radio Fund – Round 1, 2018-19

Round Two 2018-19 opens for applications from eligible licensed community radio stations on Tuesday 9 October 2018 and close at 5pm on Tuesday 6 November. The awarding Panel will meet in January 2019 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 refer to the Community radio fund section on Ofcom’s website, including the guidance on the grant application and award process.

Licences issued in this period

Service Name



Awaaz FM

Awaaz FM Community Radio CIC


Fiesta FM

Fiesta FM CIC


Ninesprings FM

Radio Ninesprings

Yeovil, Somerset

Platform B

Platform B

Brighton and Hove, East Sussex

West Somerset Radio

West Somerset Radio C.I.C.

Minehead, Somerset

Licence extensions granted in this period

A five year extension has been granted to the following:

Service name



New expiry date

Bolton FM

Bolton FM Community Interest Company


19 June 2024

Canalside Radio

Canalside Community Radio Limited


03 December 2023

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

Service name




Miskin Radio

North Kent College

Dartford, Kent

Licence offer surrendered