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.

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Preliminary community radio survey

The regulatory body Ofcom will be running a public consultation on its licensing and technical policy around community radio later this year. As a first step Ofcom is collecting views from the community radio sector on current challenges and how these might be addressed. Community Media Association has a short survey to contribute to this (running 4 weeks from 8th August?).

Community radio licensing round for AM (FM in London)

A new round of applications for community radio licences has been opened by regulator Ofcom, for

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Simplifying community radio service commitments

Media regulator Ofcom is consulting on its approach to community radio ‘Key Commitments’, where each station is required to provide the service described in its licence.

Ofcom is proposing to adopt a new simplified approach to Key Commitments, requiring only those elements that are specific to the character of service of an individual community radio service to be set out in detail in the licence. » Continue reading news item ... “Simplifying community radio service commitments”

Community radio licences for SE England

The latest round for community radio licence applications is for South East England – excluding the area inside the M25.

As a result of changes in its processes, regulator Ofcom will not exclude areas on the basis of FM frequency availability as it has done previously.

Community Media Association news has more, and a link to the Ofcom invitation (pdf, 513KB).

Application deadline is 20th October.

Community radio reporting links with BBC

The Community Media Association has signed a new agreement with the BBC, pledging a closer working relationship. The renewed relationship will be highlighted on 23rd February, across the English regions network, when they will showcase a BBC/Community Media Reporters’ Day.

More details on the Memorandum of Understanding and the BBC local stations taking part in the pilot national project in CMA news release at » Continue reading news item ... “Community radio reporting links with BBC”