Open consultation

Consultation on the Renewal of Analogue Commercial Radio Licences


This consultation seeks views on whether to extend licences for analogue commercial radio stations.

This consultation closes at

Consultation description

Although digital radio now accounts for around 57% of all radio listening, analogue stations remain an important platform for millions of listeners who still use FM and AM radio services every day.

A number of FM and AM licences are due to expire from early 2022, including those for Classic FM and TalkSport. Ofcom does not have the power to renew these licences for a longer period under current legislation.

Therefore, the government is seeking views on whether analogue licences should be renewed for a further period and if so, how long they should be renewed for.


Consultation on the Further Renewal of Analogue Commercial Radio Licences

This file may not be suitable for users of assistive technology. Request an accessible format.

If you use assistive technology (such as a screen reader) and need a version of this document in a more accessible format, please email Please tell us what format you need. It will help us if you say what assistive technology you use.

Ways to respond

Email to:

Write to:

FAO Commercial Radio Analogue Licence Renewal Consultation
Media Team
4th Floor, 100 Parliament Street

Published 23 December 2019