Radio broadcast update September 2020
- Short-term restricted service licencing
- Analogue Commercial Radio
- Digital radio
- Analogue Community Radio
Short-term restricted service licensing
High demand window
On Monday 12 October 2020, Ofcom will open an application window for short-term restricted service licence (SRSL) applicants hoping to broadcast on any dates between Friday 9 April and Friday 14 May 2021 inclusive.
The application window will remain open until 5pm on Friday 16 October 2020.
Applicants should ensure they are familiar with the application criteria detailed in the guidance note (PDF, 419.2 KB) and must use the current version of the application form (ODT, 71.2 KB). The guidance note explains what will happen after the window closes.
Analogue Commercial Radio
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||Current expiry||Proposed expiry date following re-award||Closing date for declarations of intent|
|Isle of Wight/Isle of Wight Radio Limited (PDF, 180.2 KB)||31 December 2021||2 January 2034||3pm 26 October 2020|
|Stockport/Imagine FM Limited (PDF, 179.9 KB)||31 December 2021||2 January 2034||3pm 26 October 2020|
|North London/London Greek Radio Limited (PDF, 181.8 KB)||31 December 2021||2 January 2034||3pm 26 October 2020|
Licence renewals granted in this period
A five year renewal has been granted to the following:
|Area (station)||Current licensee|
|Brighton, Newhaven, Eastbourne & Hastings (Heart)||Southern Radio Limited (Global)|
|Brighton / Eastbourne & Hastings (Smooth)||Global Radio Media Management Limited|
Local radio licence transfers
Ofcom has approved the transfer of the following local commercial licences:
|Area||Station name||Previous Licensee||New Licensee|
|Plymouth||Radio Plymouth||Radio Plymouth Limited||Bauer Media Audio Limited|
DAB multiplex variations
The following multiplex variations were agreed during this period:
|Addition of Actual Radio – A mainstream music service with speech content of particular interest to listeners in Colchester and other parts of Essex.||Essex|
Addition of Gorgeous FM – A music service for Wolverhampton, Telford, Shrewsbury, The Black Country and Shropshire playing a mix from across the decades with an emphasis on 'feel good' that reflects the LBGTQ+ demographic.
Addition of BritAsia Radio – All the latest British Asian music, news and updates.
|Wolverhampton and Shropshire|
|Addition of Hot Radio – Positive Upbeat Dance, Soul, Disco, Club Classics & Chart Hits from Today & the last 3 decades!||South Hampshire|
Addition of Capital Dance – A music led station playing predominantly a variety of dance music genres.
|Digital One (national)|
Services which have ceased to be licensed (handed back or revoked) in this period
|Atlas Radio||Atlas Media Team Ltd||Non-payment of 2019 annual licence fees|
|Antenna Radio (for small scale trial DAB)||Antenna Media Limited||Non-payment of 2019 annual licence fees|
Analogue Community Radio
Licences issued in this period
|Salaam BCR||Markaz-Al-Huda Limited||Bury|
Licence extensions granted in this period
A five year extension has been granted to the following:
|Service name||Licensee||Location||New expiry date|
|Hitmix||Hit Mix Radio Limited||Newcastle Under Lyme||27 November 2025|
|CAM FM||Cambridge and Anglia Ruskin Student Radio Limited||Cambridge||1 October 2025|
|The Eye||The Eye FM Limited||Vale of Belvoir||31 October 2025|
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. Information about the process, as well as an application form, are on our website.
Changes to Key Commitments agreed in this period:
Bro Radio (PDF, 184.8 KB)
Big City Radio (PDF, 198.9 KB)