Radio broadcast update: July 2016

02 August 2016


Commercial radio

Licences issued in this period

Licence type

Licensee

Service name/description

DSPS *

Glow Radio Limited

Glow Radio - A service playing a mix of Contemporary Hits alongside 90s classics, targeting a core 16 to 35 year old audience.

*DSPS, Digital Sound Programme Service licence (local)

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:

Licensee

Service name

Small Scale Trial DAB Multiplex Area

Antenna Radio Limited

Antenna Radio

Manchester

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

Licensee

Type of service

Boat Project

Folkestone Fringe

DSPS

*DSPS, Digital Sound Programme Service licence (local)

Licence pre-advertisements

The planned timetable for the re-advertisement of local analogue commercial radio licences, here, has been updated to include entries for 2017.

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

Kidderminster, Talksport Limited (Signal 107)

11 September 2017

11 September 2029

3pm, 30 August 2016

Blackburn, Lancashire Broadcasting Company Limited (2BR)30 September 201730 September 20293pm, 30 August 2016

DAB multiplex variations

The following multiplex variations were agreed in this period.

Change

Multiplex

Addition of Glow Radio -
A service playing a mix of Contemporary Hits alongside 90s classics, targeting a core 16 to 35 year old audience.

Gloucester

Addition of Absolute Radio 00s – A 2000s-centric music service

Tayside 

Addition of Absolute Radio 60s - A 1960s-centric rock and roots music service

Tayside

Community Radio

Invitations for community radio licence applications

Ofcom is currently inviting applications for community radio licences for the following:

London and other areas within the M25 motorway, broadcasting on either FM or AM (medium wave); and

Localities throughout the UK broadcasting on AM (medium wave) only.

The closing date is 5pm on Tuesday 25 October 2016.

Further information including the Notes of Guidance can be found on Ofcom’s website.

Licences awarded in this period and reasons for the awards

Ofcom has announced, and published the reasons for, the award of twelve community radio licences in south east England:


Service name

Area

Angel Radio

Portsmouth and Havant

BFBS Portsmouth

Portsmouth

Awaaz FM

Southampton

Fiesta FM

Southampton

Wey Valley Radio

Alton, Hampshire

Winchester Radio

Winchester, Hampshire

1 Brighton FM

Brighton and Hove

Gaydio

Brighton and Hove

Platform B

Brighton and Hove

Radio Cabin

Herne Bay, North East Kent

Sheppey FM

Sheerness, Isle of Sheppey

Miskin Radio

North West Kent Gateway

The full statement can be viewed here and here.

Licences issued in this period

Service Name

Licensee

Location

Ribble FM

Ribble FM C.I.C.

Clitheroe, Lancashire

Beyond Radio

Proper Community Media (Lancaster) Limited

Lancaster, Lancashire

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

Service Name

Licensee

Location

Reason

1 Ummah FM

1 Ummah FM Community Interest Company

Reading

Licence Surrendered

Licence extensions granted in this period

A five year extension has been granted to the following:

Service name

Licensee

Location

New expiry date

IÚR-fm

IUR-FM Limited

Newry, County Down

9 October 2022

Kemet FM 97.5

Kemet Radio Limited

Nottingham

16 January 2022

NuSound FM

Nusound Radio Limited

Newham, London

18 March 2022

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 here http://stakeholders.ofcom.org.uk/broadcasting/radio/community/regulations/crregulation/

Changes to key commitments agreed in this period:

Bay FM
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