Community radio: future licensing and technical policy

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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 communities, and are run with the help of volunteers.

As Ofcom comes to the end of its third round of community radio licensing, the regulator is seeking views on proposals to:

  • run a short, focussed fourth round of community radio licensing; and
  • revise their technical policy to allow improvements to coverage areas for community stations, taking into account individual stations’ requirements.

This consultation closes on 22 December 2016.

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