Interference and enforcement


Ofcom's radio licensing system aims to secure efficient use of the spectrum and manage harmful interference.  

Interference can arise from a number of sources, not all of which can be controlled by regulation - for example, atmospheric conditions. The regulatory regime does not necessarily guarantee that interference will not arise.

In addition, the person owning or using any electrical apparatus is responsible for ensuring that it does not cause harmful interference to others. They may be required to rectify any interference issues.

The BBC is responsible for dealing with complaints of interference to domestic television and radio reception except where the source is an unlicensed broadcast station. Ofcom will offer advice and assistance, and where appropriate investigate, where we receive reports of harmful interference from consumers and citizens.