Amending your radio licence

Published: 4 June 2010

Community and commercial radio services can apply for improvements to existing coverage within the current licensed coverage area or, in specific circumstances, for an extension of the licensed coverage area.

More information is available for community radio services and commercial radio services, including how to apply.

A Format document sets out the type of broadcast output that each commercial radio station is required to deliver. It encapsulates the character of the service a station is obliged to deliver as a condition of its licence.

The regulation of Format changes (PDF, 63.7 KB)

Format change request form (RTF, 984.4 KB)

Recent format change requests

For more information about Format changes, see Formats and content regulation.

The holder of a national or local radio multiplex licence may apply to Ofcom to vary their licence as it relates to the digital sound programme services which are provided on the multiplex. This may be a request to change the Format description of an existing service (or services), a request to add or remove a service, or a request to change the technical parameters under which a service is broadcast (e.g. from stereo to mono).

Notes of guidance for radio multiplex licensees wishing to make a change to their licence (PDF, 161.5 KB)

Multiplex variation requests

Older change requests are available at the National Archives.

We have a statutory duty to investigate any "changes of control" to our licensed stations, including those caused by acquisitions or mergers.

Change of control Notification Form (RTF, 947.7 KB)

Change of control reviews

Older material is available at the National Archives.

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