Birmingham licences renewed

The Radio Authority has announced that it will be automatically renewing two Birmingham local licences which are currently held by BRMB and Capital Gold 1152 (AM). Both licences will run for a further eight years. This is due to the fact that Capital Radio, which owns Midlands Radio plc, is the provider of two digital sound programme services on the Birmingham local multiplex. Under the terms of the Broadcasting Act 1996, a local radio licence holder is entitled to apply for an automatic renewal of its licence, if it is providing a programme service on a ‘relevant’ digital radio multiplex. The Authority regards a ‘relevant’ multiplex as one which provides digital coverage of at least 25% of the population already covered by the analogue licence in question. The condition of these renewed local FM and AM licences will require Capital Radio to do all that it can to ensure the continued provision of the digital services.