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Saturday, 4th August

Local radio licence advertisement timetable is published

The Radio Authority has published the sequence for local radio licence advertisement over the next two years. The licences will be advertised in the following order:

Mid-Ulster, East Midlands (regional FM licence), Worthing, Skye & Lochalsh, Barnsley, Yeovil, Gairloch & Loch Ewe and Maidstone.

The sequence of licence advertisements for the final four areas on the ‘working list’ – those for Buxton, Helensburgh, Livingston (West Lothian) and North Norfolk – will depend upon the resolution of various frequency planning issues, and has yet to be decided.

The Radio Authority plans to advertise these new local licences at the rate of around one per month from now onwards, in each month that no re-advertisement of an existing licence is required. The actual timing will depend upon the number of existing licences which require competitive re-advertisement during the period ahead, and the level of applications for these. However, subject to this qualification, the Authority will aim to have advertised licences for most or all of the remaining areas on the current ‘working list’ by the Autumn of 2002.

Further additions to the ‘working list’ of definitely planned Independent Local Radio developments will be considered once more progress has been made in advertising licences for areas on the current list – possibly at around the beginning of 2002.

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