Ofcom has re-awarded two more commercial radio licences to the current licensees, Wessex FM in Weymouth and Yorkshire Coast Radio in Scarborough.
The two stations, both owned by UKRD, will retain their right to broadcast on FM for another seven years after their individual expiry dates this year.
The licences have been re-awarded under Ofcom’s ‘fast-track’ process, as set out in published guidelines when there is no competition for a licence.
Wessex FM will be celebrating 20 years on-air this September, having launched in September 1993. It broadcasts on 97.2FM in Weymouth and Dorchester and on 96.0FM in Bridport.
Yorkshire Coast Radio launched in November 1993 and broadcasts to Scarborough & Bridlington on 96.2, 103.1 and 102.4 FM incorporating a separate Bridlington licence.
Ofcom has also granted a 12 year renewal to the Digital Radio Group (London) Ltd to operate the London III DAB Multiplex till 2026.