Posts Categorized: Radio Industry

Ofcom awards second wave of small-scale DAB multiplex licences

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

Ofcom has awarded four more small-scale DAB radio multiplex licences in England and Scotland. Small-scale DAB is an innovative technology that provides a low-cost way for local commercial, community and specialist music services to take to the digital airwaves. Following a competitive process, where each applicant was judged against specific Read more +

Ofcom awards first small-scale DAB multiplex licences

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

Ofcom has announced the first-ever awards of small-scale radio multiplex licences. Small-scale DAB is an innovative technology which provides a low-cost route for local commercial, community and specialist music stations to take to the airwaves. Last year, Ofcom set out how they would license small-scale DAB and invited applications for a first round of multiplex licences. Following Read more +

Fifty-three community radio stations to receive emergency funding

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

Ofcom has announced that 53 community radio stations will receive emergency funding through the Community Radio Fund. During the Covid-19 pandemic, community radio stations have provided valuable local news and support to millions of people. However, many have also faced severe financial challenges. In response, the UK Government announced emergency Read more +

Ofcom publishes list of applications for small-scale DAB multiplexes

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

Ofcom has published a full list of applications received in the first round of small-scale DAB multiplex licensing. Small-scale DAB is an innovative technology which will provide a low-cost route for local commercial, community and specialist music stations to take to the digital airwaves. A total of 45 applications were Read more +

Applications reopen to community radio stations for emergency funding

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

Community radio stations are being given a third chance to apply for emergency funding to help them through the Covid-19 crisis. Community radio stations have provided a reassuring voice to millions of people during the ongoing public health crisis, but many have faced severe financial difficulties. In response, the UK Read more +

2020/21 Evidencing Community Radio Needs on FM Survey

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

The Community Media Association is conducting a survey to gauge the potential interest of community media projects that aspire to obtain a full-time 5-year community radio licence on FM. This survey will close in early January 2021. The first round of licensing for small-scale digital audio broadcasting closed in November 2020 and the invitation Read more +

45 Applications for Small Scale DAB Multiplexes Received

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

Ofcom has received 45 applications for multiplex licences for the 25 areas in Round 1 of the Small Scale DAB licensing process. All licensed areas have received at least one application with Leeds being the most contested area with five applications and Bradford the next with four multiplex licence applications. Read more +

Ofcom publishes list of applications for small-scale DAB multiplexes

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

Ofcom has published a full list of applications received in the first round of small-scale DAB multiplex licensing. Small-scale DAB is an innovative technology which will provide a low-cost route for local commercial, community and specialist music stations to take to the digital airwaves.A total of 45 applications were received for the Read more +

Short-term restricted service licences – application window opens for 2021 period of high demand

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

Ofcom has opened an application window for short-term restricted service licence applicants hoping to broadcast between 9 April and 14 May 2021 inclusive – an anticipated period of high-demand that also includes Ramadan. Short-term radio licences are granted for analogue services broadcasting to defined locations, or for coverage of events such as music Read more +

Applications open for small-scale DAB multiplex licences

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

Ofcom is now advertising the first 25 small-scale DAB radio multiplex licences – offering a low-cost route for local commercial, community and specialist music stations to take to the digital airwaves. Small-scale DAB is an innovative technology that will expand local digital radio coverage and ensure listeners will be able Read more +

Thirty-one community radio stations to receive emergency funding

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

Ofcom has announced that 31 community radio stations will receive emergency funding through the Community Radio Fund. During the Covid-19 pandemic, community radio stations have provided valuable local news and support to millions of people. However, many have also faced severe financial challenges. In response, the UK government announced emergency Read more +

Temporary RSLs can continue beyond 5th September

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

Temporary radio stations providing news and information about the coronavirus pandemic have the option to continue to broadcast beyond 5 September, in areas which are subject to additional lockdown restrictions. Ofcom introduced the new temporary Covid-19 “short-term restricted service licence” (SRSL) at the start of lockdown in March. Licences were Read more +

Key Commitments Survey

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

The Community Media Association is surveying the sector on the delivery of stations’ key commitments during the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis. We are collating responses to be presented to Ofcom in August and all replies will be anonymised for confidentiality. https://chat.commedia.org.uk/t/key-commitments-survey/1788

Ofcom awards three new community radio licences in Northampton

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

Ofcom has announced the award of three new community radio licences in Northampton. The three new community radio licences have been awarded to: Inspiration FM (Inspiration Radio Ltd), Northampton Website: www.inspirationfm.co.uk Inspiration FM will serve underrepresented ethnic minority communities in Northampton with the specific aim of promoting social inclusion. The service Read more +

Tell Rishi Sunak: Rebuild With Community Radio

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

Ahead of an expected summer statement from the Chancellor, Rishi Sunak, on Wednesday 8th July to boost the British economy emerging from lockdown, the Community Media Association is asking its supporters to call on HM Treasury for a Community Radio Stimulus Package consisting of the following five requests: a) A second round of funding Read more +

Award of grants 2020-21 Round 1

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

During the current public health crisis, community radio can provide a reassuring local voice to millions of people. However, many community stations are facing significant financial challenges as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. In response, the government announced £400,000 of emergency funding to help stations meet the core costs Read more +

Commencement of small-scale DAB licensing

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

Following the publication of Ofcom’s Statement in April on Licensing small-scale DAB, Ofcom has announced their plans to advertise the first (‘Round One’) small-scale radio multiplex licences on Tuesday 1 September 2020. This will also be the date from which applicants will be able to apply for a Community Digital Read more +

Ofcom awards six new community radio licences (May 2020)

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

Ofcom has announced the award of six new community radio licences in England and Scotland. The new stations will serve communities in Dunfermline in Scotland, and Kent, London and North Somerset in England. Community radio services are provided on a not-for-profit basis, focusing on the delivery of specific social benefits Read more +

Emergency fund of £400,000 to support community radio through COVID-19

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

Community Media Association Press Release  Emergency fund of £400,000 to support community radio through COVID-19 ● £400,000 Community Radio Fund redirected to provide emergency support to hard-hit community stations ● Payments to help meet core costs of providing vital programming to local communities to made to successful applicants within weeks Read more +

Ofcom Develops Temporary COVID-19 Short-term Restricted Service Licence

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

Ofcom has developed a new temporary licence product in light of the extraordinary circumstances of the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic for those wanting to provide a radio service designed specifically to share information, news and updates about the Covid-19 pandemic with their community. Ofcom, like all of us, must act responsibly at Read more +

Ofcom Statement: Licensing small-scale DAB – how Ofcom will exercise its new functions

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

Small-scale DAB is a new way of transmitting digital radio that uses advances in software and low-cost computer technology to provide a flexible and inexpensive approach to the terrestrial broadcast of digital radio services to a relatively small geographic area. Ofcom has now published its statement that sets out how Read more +

BBC Local Radio Content available for community radio stations

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

Community Media Association member stations may now rebroadcast selected BBC Local Radio content during the current coronavirus epidemic. Danny Lawrence, Gateway 97.8, and Chairman of the Community Media Association said: “We’re delighted to be working with BBC Local Radio in this initiative to share their content with community radio stations Read more +

Community Radio & COVID-19 – Write to Your MP today

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

Community radio stations are engaging with the COVID19 crisis across the UK and are doing everything they can to broadcast critical news, advice, and information to their local communities at this time of need. However, this crisis has generated massive financial and demand pressures on the community media sector at Read more +

Ofcom: a Coronavirus update

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

Dear Broadcaster Ofcom is understandably receiving a number of queries from broadcast licensees about the Coronavirus situation and how we will view any impact the current situation has on compliance with regulatory obligations. We recognise that the current situation is fast-moving and unpredictable. We appreciate that all organisations will need to follow Government Read more +