Applications for National Radio Multiplex Licence

Ofcom has received applications from:

  • Listen2Digital: A joint application from Babcock’s Media Services business and Orion Media, a commercial radio group.
  • Sound Digital: A consortium of Arqiva, a transmission company, and commercial radio broadcasters Bauer and UTV Media GB.

Each application will be assessed against specified criteria, in what is known as a ‘beauty contest’.

Ofcom invites comments on the applications from listeners and the industry. Representations can be sent to The closing date for comments is 2 March 2015.

Ofcom has requested clarifications from both applicants. Both applicants have provided non-confidential versions of their responses with redacted questions and answers that contain commercially sensitive information.

Listen2Digital clarifications

Sound Digital clarifications