Dutch frequency shake up

The Dutch cabinet has approved plans for a summer auction of commercial radio frequencies. This forms part of the reorganisation of all domestic broadcasting frequencies in The Netherlands which is scheduled to start taking effect from September 1st 2001. The new frequency scheme will allow for eight national commercial stations on FM, one of which will be a news station. In addition, there will be 59 licences for regional and local commercial radio on FM and also 14 AM licences. Applicants may receive no more than two national FM licences and it will also be possible to apply for an FM and AM licence.

Report: Mike Terry