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Radio Broadcast Update May 2011

Published 07|06|11


Commercial Radio 

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

 

Licence re-advertisements

Declarations of intent

None invited this month.

 

Re-awards

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:

Area Current Licensee
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
Published 01|06|11

The Coast
Published 02|06|11

 

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.

Touch FM
Published 03|06|11

 

DAB station Format Changes

Ofcom reached the following decisions regarding requests for digital multiplex licence changes this month:

Change Multiplex
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  

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

Service Name Licensee Location
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.

Bay Radio
Published 03|06|10

 

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