Ofcom - HF Broadcast Licensing Position

Peter Eckersley used the United Kingdom's Freedom of Information (FoI) Requests procedure to discover Ofcom's position on the licensing of HF broadcast stations in the UK

Regarding your e-mail dated 23 July, your understanding is correct that HF frequencies require to be co-ordinated internationally, and that Ofcom has no plans to license any new shortwave frequencies. This is because the government’s stated policy is for broadcast radio to gradually move away from analogue transmission towards digital means of transmission, and DAB in particular.

One factual correction I would like to make from our previous response on this issue….Ofcom licenses the HF transmissions of the BBC World Service under the Wireless Telegraphy Act 2006, and not under powers granted to Ofcom in the BBC’s Charter.
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