The Government has launched a consultation on whether to extend licences for analogue commercial radio stations. Although digital radio now accounts for around 57% of all radio listening, analogue stations remain an important platform for millions of listeners who still use FM and AM radio services every day. In spite of the shift of radio listening to digital, analogue radio remains an important platform for listeners and still accounts for just over 40% of UK radio listening.
A number of FM and AM licences are due to expire from early 2022, including those for Classic FM and TalkSport. Ofcom does not have the power to renew these licences for a longer period under current legislation.
DCMS is seeking views on whether the government should make provision to allow analogue commercial radio licences to be renewed for a further period, and if so, what the length of this period should be.
The government consultation contains three options:
- Do nothing and allow licences to expire and be re-advertised by Ofcom;
- Allow the renewal of licences for a further 5 years;
- Allow the renewal of licences for a further 8 years.
The CMA will gather responses to this survey and submit them to the DCMS consultation. The DCMS consultation can be found here http://bit.ly/dcms_0120 in full.
Please submit below your responses to our survey below by Friday 7th February so that the Community Media Association can compile them for submission to the DCMS consultation on the renewal of analogue commercial radio which closes on Friday 21st February.