Programme-making and special events (PMSE)

If you are using wireless microphones, talkback (walkie-talkies) and production services for radio and TV, you will need a programme-making and special events (PMSE) licence. They're required by law if directly associated with a performance or event.

Update 19 March 2020 – possible delays due to COVID-19

Please be advised delays may be experienced if you have submitted a Licence application or payment to the PMSE Team through the post. This is due to our team now working remotely to help reduce the impact of the COVID-19 virus.

We are of course still working hard to maintain our standard service levels for all applications and enquiries submitted via email to pmse@ofcom.org.uk. Alternatively we would encourage customers to apply via our Online Booking Tool where possible.

During these unprecedented times we recommend licence payments are made via the secure payment link sent to you by our team or by sending a Bank Transfer (BACs payment) to the details provided on your invoice. We would also request that you refrain from sending your payment via cheque during this time to help us avoid unnecessary licence revocations.

We would like to thank you for your cooperation and patience in advance.

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