Posts Categorized: Licensing

Ofcom awards nine new community radio licences

Posted by Bill Best & filed under Licensing, Policy, Radio Industry.

Ofcom has announced the award of nine new community radio licences in England and Wales. The new stations will serve communities in Cannock and Rugeley in Staffordshire, Cinderford in the Forest of Dean, Keynsham, Yeovil, and Minehead in Somerset, Swanage and Dorchester in Dorset, Newquay in Cornwall and the Rhondda Read more +

Application process for Short Term Restricted Service Licences (SRSLs) during May and June 2018

Posted by Bill Best & filed under Licensing, Radio Industry.

Ofcom has today outlined the application process for SRSLs to provide a radio service between 12 May and 16 June 2018 (inclusive). Ramadan falls within this period, and Ofcom expects to receive a large number of applications to run radio stations at this time. Due to the high demand for Read more +

36 Community Radio Licence Applicants from currently unserved areas

Posted by Bill Best & filed under Licensing, Radio Industry.

This is a list of applications received by the closing date (3pm on Thursday 27 July). The proposed service area for each station in the list below is taken from the application. Basingstoke Radio (Basingstoke, Hampshire) Website: www.basingstokebroadcastingcompany.co.uk Blackburn Youth Radio (Blackburn, Lancashire) Name: Brendan Ferguson Bounce FM (Banbridge, County Down) Read more +

Ofcom invites applications for community radio licences

Posted by Bill Best & filed under Licensing, Policy, Radio Industry.

Ofcom has today opened invitations for applications for new community radio licences for areas within, or those that overlap with, the coverage area of existing community radio services. These applications will be for services operating on FM only: https://www.ofcom.org.uk/__data/assets/pdf_file/0017/104651/invitation-overlapping-areas.pdf The closing date for applications is Tuesday 24 October 2017 at 3pm.

Ofcom response – Community radio: future licensing and technical policy

Posted by Bill Best & filed under Licensing, Policy, Radio Industry.

Ofcom has published a statement following its review of community radio: future licensing and technical policy: https://www.ofcom.org.uk/consultations-and-statements/category-2/cr-future-licensing Ofcom has been awarding community radio licences for more than a decade, and there are now nearly 250 stations on air in the UK.  These stations are small, not-for-profit services which bring a Read more +

Community radio: future licensing and technical policy

Posted by Bill Best & filed under Licensing, Policy, Radio Industry.

Ofcom has published a review of its community radio licensing and technical policy. Ofcom has been awarding community radio licences for more than a decade, and there are now nearly 250 stations in the UK. These stations are small, not-for-profit services which bring a range of benefits to their target Read more +

Six community radio licence awards in the south east of England: July 2016

Posted by Bill Best & filed under Licensing, Policy, Radio Industry.

Ofcom awarded six community radio licences in July 2016. The licences are for services in the south east England region (outside the M25). These awards bring the licensing decisions for this region to a close. Applicants awarded a licence Ofcom has made a licence award to each of the following: Read more +

Community Radio Joint Music Licence

Posted by Bill Best & filed under Licensing, Radio Industry, Resources.

Dear Members & Supporters Ofcom-licensed community radio stations will recently have received a letter from PPL and/or PRSfM informing you that the two societies intend to launch a new joint community radio licence (the “Joint Licence”). The intention of the Joint Licence is to simplify the licensing process for Ofcom-licensed Read more +

Ofcom invites applicants for community radio licences

Posted by Bill Best & filed under Licensing, Policy, Radio Industry.

From today Ofcom is inviting applications for community radio licences serving: London and other areas within the M25 motorway, broadcasting on either FM or AM (medium wave); and localities throughout the UK but excluding London and areas within the M25, broadcasting on AM (medium wave) only. Both documents include information for applicants Read more +

Review of the approach to community radio Key Commitments

Posted by Bill Best & filed under Licensing, Radio Industry.

Community radio services broadcasting on FM or AM provide social gain and other community benefits on a not-for-profit basis. Each station is required to provide the service described in its licence, which is based on the proposals it made during the application process for the licence. These service descriptions recorded Read more +

Four community radio licence awards in the East of England: July 2015

Posted by Bill Best & filed under Licensing, Radio Industry.

Ofcom has today announced the award of four new community radio licences in Norfolk and Essex. Licences have been awarded to: Harbour Radio (Harbour Radio Ltd) Website: http://www.harbourradio.co.uk/ Harbour Radio will be a community radio service for the borough of Great Yarmouth, Norfolk. Colne Radio (Colne Radio Community Interest Company) Read more +

Ofcom invites applications for community radio licences in South East England

Posted by Bill Best & filed under Licensing, Radio Industry.

Ofcom is inviting licence applications for community radio licences in South East England, excluding the area inside the M25. Community radio services are provided on a not-for-profit basis, focusing on the delivery of specific social benefits to a particular geographical community or a community of interest. Ofcom is making changes Read more +

Ofcom awards five new community radio licences in the East of England

Posted by Bill Best & filed under Licensing, Radio Industry.

Ofcom’s Broadcast Licensing Committee (‘BLC’) awarded five community radio licences in June 2015. The licences are for services in the East of England region. Ofcom’s BLC made a licence award to each of the following: Peterborough FM (PACO Ltd), Peterborough Salaam Radio (Salaam Radio Ltd), Peterborough Brecks FM (Watton Radio Read more +

Sixty small-scale radio stations take to the air in Ofcom trials

Posted by Bill Best & filed under Licensing, Policy, Radio Industry.

Radio listeners in ten areas around the country will benefit from new DAB digital stations as part of an Ofcom trial this summer. Ofcom has announced that around 60 stations will begin broadcasting on digital radio for the first time using ‘small scale DAB’. This new approach could provide a Read more +

103 The Eye licence renewed

Posted by Bill Best & filed under Licensing, Radio Industry.

The Community Media Association is pleased to be able to announce that Ofcom has extended the community radio licence for 103 The Eye for a third term of five years. The station is now licensed to 31st October 2020: http://www.ofcom.org.uk/static/radiolicensing/html/radio-stations/community/cr000012ba2theeye.htm Station director Christine Slomkowska says: “We are delighted to be Read more +

Ninth Delegated Legislation Committee: Draft Community Radio (Amendment) Order 2015 – Tuesday 24th March

Posted by Bill Best & filed under Licensing, Policy, Radio Industry.

The Community Radio (Amendment) Order 2015 amends the Community Radio Order 2004 (S.I. 2004/1944) and takes account of the responses to the 2014 DCMS consultation. The CMA welcomes several significant improvements as follows: the provision for holders of a community radio licence to extend their licence twice. the provision to Read more +

Ofcom announces trials to help small stations join digital radio

Posted by Bill Best & filed under Licensing, Radio Industry.

Ofcom has confirmed plans for trials of a new technology that could provide small radio stations across the UK with an affordable way to broadcast on DAB digital radio. Known as ‘small scale DAB’, the new approach is best suited for broadcasting to small geographic areas, ideal for community and local Read more +

Ofcom awards three new Midlands community radio licences

Posted by Bill Best & filed under Licensing, Radio Industry.

Ofcom has announced the award of three community radio licences in Wolverhampton, Coventry and Rutland. Licences have been awarded for Gulshan Radio in Wolverhampton; Radio PANJ in Coventry; and BFBS Cottesmore and North Luffenham for the Kendrew Barracks in Rutland. Community radio services are provided on a not-for-profit basis and Read more +

Government relaxes funding rules and extends licences for up to five years in move welcomed by community radio stations

Posted by Bill Best & filed under Campaigns, Licensing, Radio Industry.

Community radio stations across the UK are set to benefit from a package of changes that will help them thrive and continue to provide a valued radio service to their local communities. Current rules mean there are strict financial limits in place on how much income the 217 community radio Read more +

Ofcom awards three new community radio licences in Shropshire, Nottinghamshire and Lincolnshire

Posted by Bill Best & filed under Licensing, Radio Industry.

Ofcom has announced the award of three new community radio licences in Shropshire, Nottinghamshire and Lincolnshire. Licences have been awarded to Nova FM in Newport, Shropshire; Radio Newark in Newark on Trent, Nottinghamshire; and Endeavour FM in Boston, Lincolnshire. Nova FM (Radio Nova Ltd) Website: http://novafm.co.uk/ Nova FM will provide Read more +

Application process for Short term RSLs during June and July 2015

Posted by Bill Best & filed under Licensing, Radio Industry.

Ofcom has outlined the application process for short-term restricted service licences (SRSLs) to provide a radio service between 15 June and 23 July 2015. Ramadan falls within this period, and Ofcom expects to receive a large number of applications to run radio stations at this time. Due to the high Read more +

Ofcom to investigate over 50 community radio stations

Posted by Bill Best & filed under Licensing, Radio Industry.

Whilst it is of significant concern that 53 community radio stations are to be investigated by Ofcom to determine if those stations have breached their key commitments, it is important to note that such an investigation does not imply that the broadcaster is automatically in breach. Not all investigations result Read more +

Ofcom consults on new short-term licences for small-scale digital radio trials

Posted by Bill Best & filed under Events, Licensing, Policy, Radio Industry.

Ofcom has published a consultation seeking views on the approach to issuing new short-term licences to support small-scale digital radio trials being run next year. This consultation focuses on the conditions and award processes for trial Wireless Telegraphy Act licences needed to test small-scale DAB multiplexes in three locations. If Read more +

Ofcom awards new community radio licences in Staffordshire

Posted by Bill Best & filed under Licensing, Radio Industry.

Ofcom has announced the award of three community radio licences in Staffordshire. Licences have been awarded to BFBS Stafford and Stafford FM, for services in Stafford, and Hitmix Radio, for a service in Newcastle-under-Lyme. Community radio services are provided on a not-for-profit basis focusing on the delivery of specific social Read more +

Ofcom invites applications for community radio licences in the East of England, Northamptonshire and Milton Keynes

Posted by Bill Best & filed under Licensing, Radio Industry.

Ofcom invites licence applications for community radio licences in the East of England, Northamptonshire and Milton Keynes. Community radio services are provided on a not-for-profit basis, focusing on the delivery of specific social benefits to a particular geographical community or a community of interest. Ofcom can award five-year community licences Read more +

Ofcom Update on Local TV in the UK

Posted by Bill Best & filed under Licensing, TV.

Ofcom has issued a progress update on local TV, two years since the first licences were awarded. Local TV is a new form of broadcasting, enabled through legislation passed by Parliament in 2011. Ofcom is responsible for licensing local TV stations on digital terrestrial TV and has now issued 30 Read more +