Temporary RSLs can continue beyond 5th September

Temporary radio stations providing news and information about the coronavirus pandemic have the option to continue to broadcast beyond 5 September, in areas which are subject to additional lockdown restrictions.

Ofcom introduced the new temporary Covid-19 “short-term restricted service licence” (SRSL) at the start of lockdown in March. Licences were granted to stations to broadcast temporarily during the pandemic.

Recently the UK Government has moved to introduce localised lockdown measures to help control the spread of the virus. Radio services holding temporary Covid-19 SRSLs in affected areas will be able to extend their licences to continue to provide important services to local people. The extended period will be sixty days.

Ofcom will continue to accept applications from new applicants for this type of licence, if the area they wish to serve has additional restrictions in place.