For the first time, Ofcom is to monitor the activities of short-term Restricted Service Licences in July and August.
The regulator announced the move today, saying: “Ofcom formally notifies S-RSL broadcasters that we are conducting a monitoring exercise of S-RSL broadcasts in July and August.
“S-RSL broadcasters are put on notice that any serious or repeated failings in this area will result in Ofcom taking further regulatory action, for example, the consideration of the imposition of statutory sanctions.”
S-RSL licenses are normally granted for coverage of special events, trial services and other special on-off projects. They come without a Format agreement or Key Commitments unlike commercial and community radio stations. They are granted on a temporary basis (often only for a few weeks) and are only available to specific and often small geographical areas.
In 2013, Ofcom issued a total of 257 S-RSL licences.