A total of 28 Restricted Service Licences have started broadcasting around the UK for Ramadan.
The 30 day stations commenced this week in a variety of towns and cities with significant Asian populations, including London, Leicester, Slough, Bradford, Blackburn and Manchester.
Ofcom only usually allows temporary licences for up to 28 days, but makes a special exception in order for the complete event to be covered.
London has three stations this year – in Greenwich, Whitechapel, Harrow. There are four in West Yorkshire, three in Lancashire, two in Greater Manchester and one each in Edinburgh and Cardiff.
Ofcom [link=http://radiotoday.co.uk/news.php?extend.5001]planned[/link] for these broadcasts in July 2009, in anticipation of an substantial amount of applications.
The [link=http://www.ofcom.org.uk/static/radiolicensing/rsls/current_list.htm]full list[/link] is: Reading, Leicester, Newcastle, Greenwich, Whitechapel, Bradford, Harrow, Walsall, Edinburgh, Manchester, Oldham, Stoke, Dudley, Glasgow, Bolton, Croydon, Cardiff, Leeds, Milton Keynes, Preston, Blackburn, Keighley, Bristol, Burton-on-Trent, Slough, Middlesborough.