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Radio Frequencies

Culture Media and Sport written question – answered on 17th October 2011.

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Photo of Luciana Berger Luciana Berger Shadow Minister (Energy and Climate Change)

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport for what reasons community radio stations operating on an FM frequency are not able to make community radio licence applications for the north-west in 2012-13.

Photo of Ed Vaizey Ed Vaizey The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport

Ofcom have begun a third round of community radio licensing and expect to invite applications from the north-west during the first half of 2013. However, there are some areas of the north-west where Ofcom will be unable to invite applications for FM licences due to a lack of available frequencies. Ofcom will consider at the time applications are invited whether capacity on MW might be available in some of the areas.

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