Insights Ofcom extends temporary licences for radio stations broadcasting Covid-19 services and provides update on licensing process for drive-in events


Radio stations providing news and information about the coronavirus pandemic to local communities will remain on air, after Ofcom confirmed that it will extend their temporary licences.

Ofcom introduced a new “short-term restricted service licence” product at the start of lockdown. The licences were awarded to stations to broadcast temporarily during the pandemic.

In consultation with the licence-holders, Ofcom is extending the term of their licences to 5 September 2020. New applications for Temporary Covid-19 radio licences are also being accepted. Ofcom has also given notice that organisers of drive-in events that are due to be held on or after 5 September 2020 must submit their application at least 60 days in advance. Ofcom will continue to process applications for drive-in events due to take place before that date as quickly as possible. For further information, click here.