Commercial radio industry data collection

26 January 2022

All licensed radio broadcasters holding a commercial licence must complete the Radio Relevant Turnover Return every year for each licence they hold, unless specifically exempted.

Radio Relevant Turnover returns are required for each of the following licence types:

  • Analogue commercial radio broadcasting licences (licence numbers begin “AN” or “AL”)
  • Digital Sound Programme licences (licence numbers begin with “DN” or “DP”)
  • Radio Licensable Content Service licences (licence numbers begin “RLCS”)
  • National radio Additional Services licence (licence number begins “AS”)

Please remember that it is the type of licence(s) you hold, rather than whether or not your organisation is run on a profit or not-for-profit basis, that determines whether or not you are required to submit this return.

Holders of community radio licences (licence numbers begin “CR” or “CDP”) should note the requirements set out below concerning the treatment of turnover in the event that you simulcast your community radio service on one of the licence types listed above for which a Radio Relevant Turnover return is required.

If you hold another type of licence, you will be asked to provide data for that licence separately. If you’re unsure about the data we need from you, please contact us


Return submissions should be made through the Ofcom Online Services Portal.

The deadline for the Radio Relevant Turnover returns will be communicated to you by the Radio Market Intelligence Database (Radio MID) team via email. Please ensure that your contact details are up to date. If you need to update your contact details, please contact

Guidance on submissions

For information on the data required and the submission process, see our user guide for radio relevant turnover returns (PDF, 1.8 MB).

We would also remind data providers and submitters:

  • In cases where multiple licences share a common station name, care should be taken to ensure that data for a service is submitted against the correct licence number. If you require further information about your licence number, please contact the Broadcast Licensing team at
  • We draw your attention to Ofcom’s Statement of Charging Principles (PDF, 935.7 KB) and its description of the components of ‘Relevant Turnover’ for radio, in particular 1.13 of Annex C which concerns the inclusion of income resulting from a ‘call to action’ (e.g. by the submission of a vote or competition entry via a premium rate phone line or text message).
  • In order to avoid double-counting of revenues, revenues should not be duplicated across licences:
    • In cases where revenues from a service covering multiple licences are reported against a single licence, please ensure that you use the comments field to note this and enter zeros against revenue for licences where appropriate.
    • Community radio station revenues (with licence numbers beginning CR or CDP) should be entered against your annual Community Radio data return (this information will be requested separately by Ofcom’s Broadcast Licensing team). If your DAB or cable/satellite licence is a simulcast or corresponding service to the community radio service, you can apportion your income equally between the services. You may apportion this income differently but should have a compelling reason to do this and be prepared to explain this to Ofcom.
  • Please use the comments field to:
    • explain year-on-year variances of +/- 10%;
    • describe components of any ‘other relevant turnover’ / ‘other turnover’;
    • draw to our attention any other issue or matter that you consider relevant.

Failure to provide data

Please note, Condition 9 of your Local Sound Broadcasting licence and Additional Radio Services licence, Condition 11 of your National Sound Broadcasting licence and Condition 8 of your Digital Sound Programme licence states that you are to "furnish to Ofcom in such a manner and at such times as Ofcom may reasonably require such documents, accounts, returns, estimates, reports, notices or other information as Ofcom may require for the purpose of exercising the functions assigned to it by or under the 1990 Act, the 1996 Act or the Communications Act.”

Failure to provide the data requested in the specified time may lead to enforcement action being taken, in line with our General Procedures for investigating breaches of broadcast licences (PDF, 244.6 KB).

Contact us

For troubleshooting and any queries not covered here in relation to the returns, get in touch, stating your organisation and licence numbers.



Ofcom Radio MID Team
Ofcom Research & Intelligence
2a Southwark Bridge Road