Radio broadcast update: July 2016

02 August 2016

Commercial radio

Licences issued in this period

Licence type


Service name/description


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:


Service name

Small Scale Trial DAB Multiplex Area

Antenna Radio Limited

Antenna Radio


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

Boat Project

Folkestone Fringe


*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.



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


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


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


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


Angel Radio

Portsmouth and Havant

BFBS Portsmouth


Awaaz FM


Fiesta FM


Wey Valley Radio

Alton, Hampshire

Winchester Radio

Winchester, Hampshire

1 Brighton FM

Brighton and Hove


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

Licences issued in this period

Service Name



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




1 Ummah FM

1 Ummah FM Community Interest Company


Licence Surrendered

Licence extensions granted in this period

A five year extension has been granted to the following:

Service name



New expiry date


IUR-FM Limited

Newry, County Down

9 October 2022

Kemet FM 97.5

Kemet Radio Limited


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.

Changes to key commitments agreed in this period:

Bay FM
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