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Radio Broadcast Update January 2012

Published 07|02|12


Commercial Radio 

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

 

Licence re-advertisements

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:

http://licensing.ofcom.org.uk/radio-broadcast-licensing/analogue-radio/apply-for-licence/re-advertisement/timetable/

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:

Area Current Licensee
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.

Fresh Radio
Published 13|01|12

 

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
Published 13|01|12

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)
Published 24|01|12

Midwest Radio (Yeovil)
Published 24|01|12

Midwest Radio (Shaftesbury)
Published 24|01|12

London Turkish Radio
Published 24|01|12

 

DAB station Format Changes

The following multiplex Format changes were agreed in this period:

Change Multiplex
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
Radiowave Blackpool Talksport 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  

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.

The Super Station
Published 01|02|12

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