Radio Broadcast Update May 2011
Licences issued in this period
|Licence Type||Licensee||Service Name/description|
|Local DSP*||Festival Church Trust Ltd||Mountain FM / A music and speech service. The music will be a mixture of uplifting music from the 60s to date. The speech will be a mixture of news, information, events, job opportunities, charity and community organisations and social services and other help and advice.|
|Local DSP*||Radio Manx Ltd||Radio TT / A service dedicated to the Isle of Man TT Festival featuring practice and full race commentaries around the world famous 37.75 mile circuit. Radio TT delivers blow by blow accounts of all the action taking place on the Isle of Man throughout the Festival together with interviews with all the leading participants and outside broadcasts from the myriad of supporting events taking part across the island during TT fortnight.|
*Digital Sound Programme Service
Declarations of intent
None invited this month.
Ofcom has today published reasons for the re-award of the local commercial radio licence for Bath to Celador Radio (South West) Ltd.
Ofcom has today announced that it has re-awarded the following local FM commercial radio licences to the current licensees.The licences have been re-awarded for a period of seven years under Ofcom's 'fast-track' process, as set out in published guidelines:
|Bristol||Tomahawk Radio Ltd|
|Winchester||Play Radio Ltd|
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.
Andover & Newbury
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.
DAB station Format Changes
Ofcom reached the following decisions regarding requests for digital multiplex licence changes this month:
|Addition of Mountain FM||South Wales and Severn Estuary|
|Reduction in bit rate of Rock Radio and Real Radio||
South Wales and Severn Estuary
|Reduction in bit rate of Rock Radio||North East|
|Replacement of existing Capital service with a simulcast of Capital FM South Coast||Bournemouth|
Community Radio Third Round of Licensing
On 1 April 2011, Ofcom announced the holding a new round of licensing for community radio: http://licensing.ofcom.org.uk/binaries/radio/community/thirdround/thirdround-guidance.pdf
Applications for new licences are being invited on a region by region basis, starting with Region 1 - Wales and south west England. The deadline for receipt of applications from this region is 5pm on Thursday 21 July 2011.
Further information about how to apply can be found on Ofcom's website at: http://licensing.ofcom.org.uk/radio-broadcast-licensing/community-radio/apply-for-licence/
Licences issued in this period
|AHBS Community Radio||AHBS Community Radio Limited||Ashford, Kent|
|Marlow FM||Marlow FM Limited||Marlow, Buckinghamshire|
Services which have ceased to be licensed (handed back or revoked) in this period
The following services are no longer licensed:
|Service Name||Licensee||Location||Type of service||Reason|
|RXFM||Rother Arts and Media Company Limited||Rye, East Sussex||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|
|Black Diamond FM||Midlothian Community Media Association||East and central Midlothian||28-Mar-2017|
|BRFM Bridge Radio||BRFM Bridge Radio Limited||Isle of Sheppey||29-Oct-2016|
|Chorley FM||Chorley FM||Chorley, Lancashire||23-Nov-2016|
|Castledown Radio||Castledown Radio Limited||Tidworth, Wiltshire||3-Nov-2016|
|Radio Asian Fever||Radio Asian Fever CIC||Harehills and Chapeltown, Leeds||28-Feb-2017|
Licence transfers in this period
|Service Name||Location||New Licensee|
|Wythenshawe FM||Wythenshawe, Manchester||
WFM Community Media
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.