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North-East licence advertised

Ofcom today advertises a new local FM commercial radio licence to cover the main Tyne & Wear and Teesside conurbations in North-East England .

Known applicants at this stage include Your Celador, and GMG Radio with a ‘smooth’ proposal although it is expected to be a highly sought after licence with over a dozen interested companies.

Ofcom estimates that this licence could achieve coverage of an area with an adult (aged 15+) population of around 2,000,000. The exact coverage will be determined by the location of the transmission site and other technical characteristics.

The closing date for the receipt of applications is 3.00 p.m. on Thursday, 8 December 2005 . A non-refundable fee of ?25,000 will be payable for each application submitted.

The full details for this licence, including the guidelines and procedures for the submission of applications, can be obtained via the Related Items to the right of this page.

The licence will be issued for a twelve year period. All applications for this licence will be published on the Ofcom website as soon as is practicable after the closing date.

Ofcom welcomes the views of the public about the local radio needs of listeners in this area and the types of services required. Opinions on these issues can either be emailed to commercialradio@ofcom.org.uk or posted to Neil Stock , Head of Radio Planning & Licensing, Ofcom, Riverside House, 2a Southwark Bridge Road , London SE1 9HA .

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