Commercial radio set for licence boost

Commercial radio owners could all have the chance to bid for up to 32 new FM radio station licences if a recommendation by the Radio Authority gets the green light.

The proposal to release the frequencies is a huge bonus for commercial radio owners, who have had little chance of expanding through new licences outside the digital spectrum.

GWR, EMAP, Chrysalis and Capital Radio may all bid for 16 proposed new FM stations in cities across the country, including Aberdeen, Belfast, Bristol, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Liverpool, Manchester and Newcastle.

The Radio Authority is also proposing additional radio stations for towns such as Abingdon, Barrow-in-Furness and Swindon.

The recommendations are the result of an analysis of the remaining FM frequency and are designed to advise Ofcom, the new TV and telecommunications regulator, which takes over responsibility for radio in the autumn.

The Radio Authority has ruled out the further development of radio licences in Bradford, Derby, Glasgow, Leeds, Leicester, Nottingham, Sheffield and the West Midlands.

At present there are 266 analogue FM licences in the UK, three of which are national – Virgin, TalkSport and Classic FM – as well as 60 AM licences.

Latest from Marketing Week

NOT REGISTERED? IT'S FREE, QUICK AND EASY!

Access Marketing Week’s wealth of insight, analysis and opinion that will help you do your job better.

Register and receive the best content from the only UK title 100% dedicated to serving marketers' needs.

We’ll ask you just a few questions about what you do and where you work. The more we know about our visitors, the better and more relevant content we can provide for them. And, yes, knowing our audience better helps us find commercial partners too. Don't worry, we won't share your information with other parties, unless you give us permission to do so.

Register now

THE BEST CONTENT

Our award winning editorial team (PPA Digital Brand of the Year) ask the big questions about the biggest issues on everything from strategy through to execution to help you navigate the fast moving modern marketing landscape.

THE BIGGEST ISSUES

From the opportunities and challenges of emerging technology to the need for greater effectiveness, from the challenge of measurement to building a marketing team fit for the future, we are your guide.

PERSONAL AND PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

Information, inspiration and advice from the marketing world and beyond that will help you develop as a marketer and as a leader.

Having problems?

Contact us on +44 (0)20 7292 3703 or email customerservices@marketingweek.com

If you are looking for our Jobs site, please click here