Ofcom is advertising an FM local Commercial Radio Licence within the west central Scotland area.
Applicants will be free to choose which area they’d like to broadcast to – Paisley or the wider Glasgow area. The application fee (£10k or £25k) reflects the potential audience of the new station.
The different approach reflects the history of the licence, which was originally a station for Paisley as Q96, then relocated to East Glasgow and turned into a classic rock station. Most recently it was known as XFM Scotland.
Global surrendered the licence after not being allowed to provide a networked feed of Radio X on the station from London, however the new application document says applicants are free to submit proposals offering more or less ‘localness’ as they regard as appropriate.
Ofcom is also welcoming views from the public about the local radio needs of listeners in this area, and the type of programming service required.
The closing date for receipt of completed applications is 3pm on Thursday 26 May 2016.