Radio broadcast update September 2020

06 October 2020

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

Licence ‘pre-advertisements’

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 LicenseeCurrent expiryProposed expiry date following re-awardClosing date for declarations of intent
Isle of Wight/Isle of Wight Radio Limited (PDF, 180.2 KB)31 December 20212 January 20343pm 26 October 2020
Stockport/Imagine FM Limited (PDF, 179.9 KB)31 December 20212 January 20343pm 26 October 2020
North London/London Greek Radio Limited (PDF, 181.8 KB)31 December 20212 January 20343pm 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:

AreaStation namePrevious LicenseeNew Licensee
PlymouthRadio PlymouthRadio Plymouth LimitedBauer Media Audio Limited

Digital Radio

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

Service nameLicenseeReason
Atlas RadioAtlas Media Team LtdNon-payment of 2019 annual licence fees
Antenna Radio (for small scale trial DAB)Antenna Media LimitedNon-payment of 2019 annual licence fees

Analogue Community Radio

Licences issued in this period

Service nameLicenseeLocation
Salaam BCRMarkaz-Al-Huda LimitedBury

Licence extensions granted in this period

A five year extension has been granted to the following:

Service nameLicenseeLocationNew expiry date
HitmixHit Mix Radio LimitedNewcastle Under Lyme27 November 2025
CAM FMCambridge and Anglia Ruskin Student Radio LimitedCambridge1 October 2025
The EyeThe Eye FM LimitedVale of Belvoir31 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)
Published 05|10|2020

Big City Radio (PDF, 198.9 KB)
Published 05|10|2020