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Radio Broadcast Update October 2012

Published 06|11|12


Commercial Radio 

Future use of 648 kHz medium wave

Ofcom has varied the Wireless Telegraphy Act issued to Babcock Communications Ltd, which covers a number of different analogue radio frequencies, to remove Babcock’s authorisation to use the 648 kHz frequency previously used to broadcast the BBC World Service.  The licence was varied by Ofcom because the authority conferred by the licence to use the 648 kHz frequency was for certain purposes only, which have now fallen away.

Subject to international co-ordination, this frequency will now be available for use by community radio licensing in various parts of the UK, in addition to FM and other AM frequencies that are already potentially available for this purpose. However, we note that the characteristics of 648 kHz, being at the lower end of the AM band and therefore requiring relatively large masts and transmitter sites, may make it less suitable for community radio than other AM frequencies.

 

Licence re-advertisements

Declarations of intent

Ofcom has received two 'declarations of intent' to apply for the local FM licence for Coventry.
They are as follows:

  • Panjab Radio Coventry Ltd
  • Touch Broadcasting Ltd (the existing licensee, broadcasting as Touch FM)

In line with our published relicensing procedures, we are therefore publishing a full re-advertisement for the Coventry licence. This will be open to all applicants - i.e. not limited to those companies who have previously submitted a 'declaration of intent' to apply for this licence.

The licence re-advertisement can be found here.

Ofcom has today invited declarations of intent to apply for the following FM local commercial radio licence. Please click on the 'area' in the first column for further detail on the pre-advertisement:

Area/current Licensee Current expiry Proposed expiry date following re-award Closing date for declarations of intent
Mid-Ulster (Northern Media Group Ltd, broadcasting as Q106/7) 31 January 2014 31 January 2021 3pm, Tuesday, 27 November 2012

 

Licence renewals granted in this period

Seven year renewals have been granted to the following:

Licence area Licensee/service New expiry date
Belfast (FM) Belfast City Beat Ltd/Citybeat 31 December 2019
Birmingham (FM) Galaxy Radio Birmingham Limited/Capital FM 31 December 2019
Birmingham (FM) Orion Media Limited/ Free Radio 17 February 2021
Bournemouth (FM) Two Counties Radio Limited/Heart 31 December 2019
Bournemouth (AM) GCap Media (AM) Limited/Gold 31 December 2019
Bristol (AM) GCap Media (AM) Limited/Gold 31 December 2019
Brixton (FM) Soul Media Limited/Choice FM 31 December 2019
Cardiff and Newport (AM) Cardiff Broadcasting Company Limited/Gold 31 December 2019
Cardiff and Newport (FM) Cardiff Broadcasting Company Ltd/Capital FM 31 December 2019
Coventry (AM) Orion Media Ltd/Free Radio 80s 31 December 2019
Coventry (FM) Orion Media Ltd/Free Radio 31 December 2019
Exeter and Torbay (FM) Gemini Radio Limited/Heart 31 December 2019
Greater London (FM) Magic 105.4 Ltd/Magic 105.4 FM 31 December 2019
Greater London (FM) Kiss FM Radio Ltd/Kiss (London) 31 December 2019
Greater London (FM) Smooth Radio London Ltd/Smooth Radio 31 December 2019
Greater London (AM) Spectrum Radio Ltd/Spectrum Radio 31 December 2019
Peterborough (AM) GCap Media (AM) Limited/Gold 31 December 2019
Peterborough (FM) Mid Anglia Radio Limited/Heart 31 December 2019
Southend and Chelmsford (AM) GCap Media (AM) Limited/Gold 31 December 2019

 

Twelve year renewals have been granted to the following:

Licence Area Licensee/service New expiry date
South & West Yorkshire Real Radio (Yorkshire) Ltd/Real Radio (Yorkshire) 24 March 2025

 

DAB multiplex variations

The following multiplex variations were agreed in this period:

Change Multiplex
Removal of Gold – A classic pop hits station, targeted primarily at 35-45 year olds. South Yorkshire
Removal of LBC – A 24 hour speech service of news, views, discussions, phone-ins and entertainment for Londoners (with any music for illustrative purposes only). Yorkshire
Addition of Gold – A classic pop hits station, targeted primarily at 35-45 year olds. Yorkshire


Licence transfers

Ofcom has approved the transfer of the following licences:

Licence type Service name Location Previous Licensee New Licensee
DSP* Various digital sound sound programme services for Bauer on DAB Various Bauer Digital Radio Limited Bauer Radio Limited
DA** Digital additional services for Bauer on DAB Various Bauer Digital Radio Limited Bauer Radio Limited
AL*** The Breeze Bristol Celador (BCR) Limited Celador Radio (South West) Limited

* digital sound programme service
**digital additional service
***local sound broadcasting service

 


Community Radio  

Licence extensions granted in this period

Five year extensions have been granted to the following:

Service name Licensee Location New expiry date
10Radio 10Radio CIC Wiveliscombe, Somerset 20 January 2018
7 Waves 92.1 7 Waves Community Radio Leasowe, Wirral 28 February 2018
Phonic FM Exeter Community Radio Exeter, Devon 14 February 2018
The ꞌBridge Stourbridge Radio Group Limited Stourbridge, West Midlands 31 December 2017

 

Licences awarded in this period and reasons for the awards

Ofcom has published the reasons for the award of two community radio licences in Scotland:

Service name Area
Crystal FM Penicuik, Midlothian
East Coast FM Haddington, East Lothian

The full statement can be viewed here.

 

Key commitments changes

102.5 The ꞌBridge
Published 12|10|12

105.3 Zack FM
Published 16|10|12

3TFM Community Radio for Health
Published 05|11|12

Radio JCom
Published 05|11|12

DIVERSE FM
Published 05|11|12

 

Licence compliance

OnFM
Published 17|10|12

 

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