Radio Broadcast Update January 2012
Licences issued in this period
|Licence Type||Licensee||Service Name/description|
|Local DSP||Black Cat Radio Ltd||Black Cat Radio - A community focused service consisting of music and speech of relevance to those living in St Neots and the surrounding area|
*Digital Sound Programme Service
Update of re-advertisement timetable
Ofcom has, during the past month, updated its planned timetable for the re-advertisement of local analogue commercial licences. This information is available at:
Applications for Ceredigion licence
Ofcom has received two applications for the fully re-advertised local FM licence for Ceredigion. Full details of both applicants are available here.
Declarations of intent
Ofcom has today invited declarations of intent to apply for the following FM local commercial radio licences. Please click on the 'area' in the first column for further detail on the pre-advertisements:
|Area/current Licensee||Current expiry||Proposed expiry date following re-award||Closing date for declarations of intent|
|Carlisle/Carlisle Radio Ltd||13 April 2013||13 April 2020||3pm, Wednesday 29 February 2012|
|West Cumbria/Carlisle Radio Ltd||13 April 2013||13 April 2020||3pm, Wednesday 29 February 2012|
Invitations to apply under fast track
Ofcom has received one declaration for the following licence, from the current licensee. We are therefore inviting the incumbent licensee to re-apply for the licence under the 'fast track' procedure as set out in Ofcom's guidelines:
|Burgess Hill & Haywards Heath||Media Sound Holdings (broadcasting as Bright FM)|
Analogue station Format Changes
Each station has as part of its licence a 'Format', which outlines the essential nature of the service and details any specific expectations of that service.
Any changes to a Format can only be made by following the correct procedure and with the appropriate permission from Ofcom.
Content Sampling Reports
Ofcom ensures that an individual station is meeting its Format requirements by listening to that station's output - a process which we refer to as 'content sampling'. The sampling of a particular station may be prompted by a complaint concerning a Format-related issue, or may be entirely routine.
Radio Ceredigion (Cymraeg)
Dyddiad cyhoeddi 13|01|12
Change of Control Reviews
Whenever a local radio licence undergoes a 'change of control' (for example, when it is sold), Ofcom is required under section 355 of the Communications Act 2003 to undertake a review of its programme output.
Specifically, Ofcom must review the likely effect of the change of control on:
- the quality and range of programmes included in the service;
- the character of the service; and,
- the extent to which local material and locally-made programmes are included in the service.
When the review has been completed, Ofcom may amend the content requirements of the licence.
More Radio (Warminster)
Midwest Radio (Yeovil)
Midwest Radio (Shaftesbury)
London Turkish Radio
DAB station Format Changes
The following multiplex Format changes were agreed in this period:
|Removal of Affinity Radio - A community focused service consisting of music and speech of relevance to those living in the Cambridge city area.||Cambridge|
|Addition of Smooth 70s - A music-led service comprising hits from the 70s.||National|
|Addition of Black Cat - A community focused service consisting of music and speech of relevance to those living in St Neots and the surrounding area||Peterborough|
Local Radio Licence Transfers
Ofcom has approved the transfer of the following local commercial licences:
|Service name||Location||New Licensee|
|Gold||Birmingham||Birmingham Broadcasting Ltd|
|Dream 100||Tendring||Mellow 1557 Ltd|
|Midwest Radio||Shaftesbury||Midwest Radio Ltd|
|Fresh Radio||Yorkshire Dales & Skipton||Stray FM Ltd|
|Wish FM||Wigan & St. Helens||Talksport Ltd|
|Wire FM||Warrington||Talksport Ltd|
|Signal 1||Stoke-on-Trent||Talksport Ltd|
|Signal 2||Stoke-on-Trent||Talksport Ltd|
|The Wave||Swansea||Talksport Ltd|
|Swansea Sound||Swansea||Talksport Ltd|
|The Pulse||Bradford||Talksport Ltd|
|Pulse 2||Bradford||Talksport Ltd|
|Tower FM||Bolton & Bury||Talksport Ltd|
|Juice FM||Liverpool||Talksport Ltd|
|The Wolf||Wolverhampton||Talksport Ltd|
|Peak FM||Chesterfield||Talksport Ltd|
|The Severn||Telford||Talksport Ltd|
|The Severn||Shrewsbury & Oswestry||Talksport Ltd|
|The Wyre||Kidderminster||Talksport Ltd|
|Touch Radio||Stratford-upon-Avon||Touch Broadcasting Ltd|
Community Radio Fund Round 2, 2011/12
The Community Radio Fund Panel met on Monday 30 January 2012 to consider the applications to the second round of funding for 2011/12.
The Panel made awards to 16 stations. For further details, please see the statement published here
Services which have ceased to be licensed in this period
The following service is no longer licensed.
|Service Name||Licensee||Location||Type of service||Reason|
|XS||Neath Port Talbot Broadcasting C.I.C.||Neath and Port Talbot||Community radio||Surrendered|
Licence extensions granted in this period
A five year extension has been granted to the following:
|Service name||Licensee||Location||New expiry date|
|BRfm||BRfm Ltd||Brynmawr, Blaenau Gwent||17 October 2017|
|Celtic Music Radio||Celtic Music Radio Limited||Glasgow||15 January 2018|
|NE1fm 102.5||Community Broadcast Initiative Tyneside Ltd (CBIT)||Newcastle upon Tyne||7 June 2017|
|Radio Verulam||Verulam Community Radio Limited||St Albans||6 July 2017|
Key commitments changes
Each station has as part of its licence 'Key Commitments' which outline the essential nature of the service and details any specific expectations of that service.
Any changes to the key commitments can only be made by following the correct procedure and with the appropriate permission from Ofcom.
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