radios will work for another ten years in the UK
Keith Belcher has spotted this good news for classic car enthusiasts
as it "means our period car radios will work for another ten
Listeners of popular radio stations such as Classic FM and TalkSport
will be able to access their favourite analogue shows for another
ten years thanks to new plans announced by the UK Government.
What is AM radio?
AM broadcasting is a radio broadcasting technology which employs amplitude
modulation (AM) transmissions. It was the first method developed
for making audio radio transmissions and is still used worldwide,
primarily for medium wave (also known as "AM band") transmissions,
but also on the longwave and shortwave radio bands.
Minister John Whittingdale has today set out how commercial
radio will be licensed in the UK over the next decade so that
listeners can continue to enjoy their stations of choice despite
rapid changes in technology and radio listening. The Minister
added "todays step ensures there is no disruption
for loyal listeners of treasured FM and AM radio services".
Nearly 60 per cent of all radio listening is now via digital
devices, but analogue stations remain an important platform
for millions of listeners who still tune into FM and AM radio
services every day. GOV.UK
Several FM and
AM commercial radio licences are due to expire from early
2022. Provided the stations also broadcast on digital radio,
the UK Government has decided to allow Ofcom to renew these
analogue licences for a further ten-year period.
Many classic cars have an original period matching Motorola
or Radiomobile radio from the mid 1970s.
UK Government has today published the response to a public consultation
on extending analogue commercial radio broadcasting licences
which ran from December 2019 to February 2020 and sought views
on whether these licences should be renewed, and if so how long
the consultation response
Analogue (FM or AM) commercial radio licences are issued by
the UK regulator Ofcom under powers granted to them by section
86 of the Broadcasting Act 1990. Such a licence permits a commercial
radio station to broadcast to a specific licensed geographic
area (known as the measured coverage area) in accordance with
a specified format (e.g. mainly speech-related requirements,
such as news) for a set period of time.