Posts Categorized: Licensing

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 +

More new radio licences in Yorkshire

Posted by Andy King & filed under Licensing.

Radio regulator Ofcom is continuing Region 5 of its third round of community radio licensing by awarding four more licences in the Yorkshire region. Licences have been handed to two stations in West Yorkshire, and two in East Yorkshire. The following stations have been given five-year full-time licences: AKASH Radio, Read more +

Ofcom factsheet on pirate radio updated

Posted by Andy King & filed under Licensing, Radio Industry.

Ofcom have updated their information sheet regarding illegal ‘pirate’ radio broadcasters, including new information on community radio. The radio regulator says community radio can offer a legitimate alternative to pirate broadcasting, giving examples of stations which have successfully made the transition to licensed transmissions, including London’s Rinse FM and Kane Read more +

Small-scale, low-cost DAB transmission

Posted by Andy King & filed under Licensing.

On 17 December 2013, two members of CMA staff and a number of representatives from community radio stations and other interested organisations attended a presentation and meeting hosted by Ofcom. The meeting follows a trial earlier this year of new small-scale, low-cost DAB multiplexing and transmission technology in Brighton. The Read more +

Guernsey stations invited to apply for community radio licences

Posted by Andy King & filed under Licensing.

Community radio groups in the Bailiwick of Guernsey have twelve weeks from today to apply for a community radio licence. The move, made possible by the Community Radio (Guernsey) Order 2013, allows for the Channel Islands’ first full-time community radio services to be launched. Licences will be available on Guernsey Read more +

Community radio licensing open in North West England and Yorkshire

Posted by Andy King & filed under Licensing.

Ofcom has invited applications for community radio licences in the North West of England, along with South, West and East Yorkshire. This marks the fifth region in its current third round of community radio licensing. Frequency availability in this region is extremely limited, and applications are mainly restricted to areas Read more +

First local TV licences awarded by Ofcom

Posted by Andy King & filed under Licensing.

Communications regulator Ofcom has awarded the first two local TV service licences to groups in Grimsby and Brighton. The new licences are for digital terrestrial TV (DTT) channels in the two areas and follow new legislation enabling Ofcom to issue local TV licences. The channels will broadcast on a specific Read more +