Radio Broadcast Update May 2016

05 April 2016

Commercial Radio 

Renewal of the Independent National Radio licences

The UK’s three national analogue (FM and AM) commercial radio licences (currently held by Classic FM, TalkSport and Absolute Radio) are all due to expire in 2018, and the licensees can now apply to renew their licences for a further five-year period.

Ofcom has recently published its consultation on the methodology for reviewing the financial terms of these licences as part of the renewal process, and is seeking the views of stakeholders by 24 June 2016.

Further details can be found here.

Licences issued in this period

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:


Service name

Small Scale Trial DAB Multiplex Area

Bun Media Services Limited

Unforgettable Radio


Cheesy FM Limited

Cheesy FM


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.

Service name


Type of service

Voice of Russia (WRN)

WRN Broadcast Limited


Calvary Chapel Radio Costa Mesa

Calvery Chapel of Costa Mesa Inc


*RLCS, Radio Licensable Content Service licence

Analogue licence advertisement – west central Scotland

By the closing date of Thursday, 26 May, Ofcom had received four applications for the advertised local FM commercial radio licence for an area within west central Scotland, as follows:

  • Caledonia Holdings Limited (GO 96.3 Glasgow)
  • Original 96 Glasgow Limited (Original FM)
  • Radio Clyde Limited (Clyde Rocks)
  • Rock Scot Limited (Rock Radio Glasgow)

Further details of the applicants have been published here

Analogue station Format Changes

Each station has as part of its licence a 'Format', which outlines the essential nature of the service and details any specific expectations of that service.

Any changes to a Format can only be made by following the correct procedure and with the appropriate permission from Ofcom.

DAB multiplex variations

The following multiplex variations were agreed in this period.



Addition of Kiss Fresh – Non-stop new beats.

Birmingham, Manchester, Tayside, Edinburgh, Humberside, Inverness, Leeds, Northern Ireland, Tyne & Wear, Teesside, Glasgow, Lancashire, Liverpool and South Yorkshire

Addition of Magic ABBA – Celebrating ABBA through their music and the story behind their songs. This is a short term (six week) service.

Birmingham, London 1, Tayside, Edinburgh, Humberside, Inverness, Leeds, Northern Ireland, Tyne & Wear, Teesside,

Addition of Absolute Classic Rock – A station known as Absolute Classic Rock, playing a selection of rock music from the last four decades.

Birmingham, Liverpool and South Yorkshire

Removal of Pop Up Radio – a facility to provide special content focussing on particular subjects or events from time to time.

Ayr, Berkshire and North Hampshire, Bristol, Cambridge, Cornwall, Coventry, Essex, Kent, Leicestershire, Norfolk, Nottinghamshire, Peterborough, Plymouth, South East Wales, Sussex, Swindon and West and South Wiltshire, Wolverhampton and Shropshire.


Community Radio 

Licences issued in this period

Service Name



Brecks FM

Watton Radio Community Interest Company

Watton, Norfolk

Radio Warrington

Radio Warrington C.I.C.


Licence extensions granted in this period

A five year extension has been granted to the following:

Service name



New expiry date

Bangor FM

South Eastern Regional College

Bangor, County Down

14 November 2021


B.R.F.M. Bridge Radio Limited

Minster, Isle of Sheppey

29 October 2021

Destiny 105

OX4 FM Community Interest Company

OX4 area, Oxfordshire

26 February 2022

Fever FM

Radio Asian Fever CIC

Leeds, Yorkshire

28 February 2022

Kane FM

Kane FM Limited

Guildford, Surrey

27 October 2021

Lisburn's 98FM

Lisburn Community Radio Limited

Lisburn, County Antrim

29 September 2021

Phoenix FM

Phoenix FM Limited

Brentwood, Essex

22 March 2022

Radio BGWS

British Gurkha Welfare Society Limited

Farnborough, Surrey

29 September 2021

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

There were no licences revoked/handed back in this period.