Guidance for TV broadcast licensees

Published: 6 June 2023

Compliance checklist for TV broadcasters (PDF, 170.9 KB)


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Guidance for TV and radio broadcasters


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Applying for a licence

Apply for a TV broadcast licence


The UK Government has made changes to the law that applies to broadcasting in and to the UK. The changes are made by the Broadcasting (Amendment) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019 and these Regulations are now in force.

The UK is no longer party to the Audiovisual Media Services Directive and there are new rules affecting jurisdiction, licensing requirements and content standards that may affect linear TV service providers and video on demand service providers, depending on where their services are provided. Please see our FAQs on linear television services and video on demand services after Brexit (PDF, 230.9 KB) for further information.

Digital Television Programme Services (DTPS) and Digital Television Additional Services (DTAS)

DTPS/DTAS guidance notes for licensees (PDF, 222.4 KB)

Provider of a broadcasting service

Guidance regarding the 'provider of a broadcasting service' and 'sub-letting' of capacity (PDF, 164.1 KB)

Religious bodies

Guidance for religious bodies (PDF, 37.4 KB)

Television Licensable Content Services (TLCS)

TLCS guidance notes for licensees (PDF, 216.0 KB)

Guidance regarding the licensing position of television licensable content services broadcast into multiple territories (PDF, 234.4 KB)

Control of media companies

Guidance on the definition of control of media companies (PDF, 362.4 KB)

Regulated EPGs

Guidance on regulated electronic programme guides

International Engagement

Guidelines for dealing with Overseas Regulators (PDF, 183.0 KB)

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