Apply for a TV broadcast licence

23 January 2017

A DTPS is a service providing television programmes - generally, a DTPS consists of “normal” television channels (consisting of moving pictures), including their interactive enhancements. A DTAS is a service which usually consists of self-standing text or data services, including teletext services and EPGs.

DTPS/DTAS Guidance Notes for Licence Applicants PDF, 125.8 KB

DTPS/DTAS Application Form PDF, 183.3 KB

DTPS Standard Form Licence  PDF, 392.6 KB

DTAS Standard Form Licence
PDF, 340.0 KB

A TLCS is a television service broadcast from a satellite, distributed using an electronic communications network (including services broadcast over the internet), or a service made available by a radio multiplex.

TLCS Guidance Notes for Licence Applicants   PDF, 210.7 KB

TLCS Application Form PDF, 210.6 KB

TLCS Standard Form Licence PDF, 339.2 KB

On 19 November 2014 Ofcom published a statement setting out our decision to make spectrum in the 700 MHz band available for mobile data use. This is part of the spectrum band currently used to broadcast digital television, including local TV.

To enable the change of use, we will need to re-plan the frequencies used by digital television.  Until this exercise is complete, the future coverage of local services cannot be accurately predicted with confidence.

Our invitations to apply for local television licences have always included information on coverage, to help applicants make their business plans. These business plans are an important element of our consideration of applications, following the statutory criteria for licence awards.

Once Ofcom has sufficient clarity over spectrum availability we will consider whether and when to advertise the remaining three areas that we have not yet advertised: Kidderminster, Bromsgrove and Stratford upon Avon. We have no current plans to advertise any other areas.

Information about earlier licensing rounds is available at the National Archives.

An RTSL-E is a licence which allows the broadcasting of television programmes for a particular event. Both a Broadcasting Act licence and a Wireless Telegraphy Act licence are required in order to broadcast a restricted television service.

RTSL-E Guidance Notes  PDF, 96.2 KB

RTSL-E Application Form RTF, 180.8 KB

RTSL-E Wireless Telegraphy Act transmission licence PDF, 83.2 KB

RTSL-E Broadcasting Act licence PDF, 102.0 KB

Compliance checklist for TV broadcasters PDF, 78.3 KB

Direct Debit Mandate form PDF, 39.0 KB