Proposals on future licences for community radio

Regulator Ofcom has started a consultation on ‘Community Radio: future licensing and technical policy’.

After more than a decade issuing of Ofcom issuing licences, there are now nearly 250 community radio stations in the UK.

Ofcom is coming to the end of its third round of community radio licensing and would like to offer more licences where suitable spectrum is available.  We propose to run a fourth round, which will be shorter and more focused than previous rounds, and this consultation seeks views on our preferred licensing approach for this forthcoming round.

They are also considering revising their technical policy to allow improvements to coverage areas for community stations, taking into account the requirements of individual stations. (Community Radio Association news item.)

The consultation runs to 22nd December. See Ofcom consultation page.