New radio programming licences granted for several applicants
In the application round for radio programming licences that ended at the end of August, 94 new frequencies and four frequency blocks for analogue FM radio broadcasting as well as four frequencies for AM radio broadcasting were available for application. The programming licences granted by FICORA cover 36 of the FM frequencies and one of the AM frequencies that were available for application. Furthermore, frequencies are allocated to Yleisradio's YLE Puhe network in Alajärvi and Kankaanpää. There were no applications for 16 frequencies, and the applications for the rest were transferred to the Government for decision because of insufficient availability of frequencies.
Two thirds of the programming licences granted by FICORA concern completely new frequency blocks. These programming licences for new frequency blocks were granted to Pispalan Radioyhdistys ry, Alueradiot Sastamala Oy, Love FM Oy, Kaimax Media Oy, Kevyt Kanava Oy and Mediatakojat Oy.
Roughly a third of the new programming licences were connected to previously granted programming licences, as requested by the applicants, by incorporating the granted frequencies into existing frequency blocks. Programming licences for extension of coverage were granted to Nordic Palvelut Oy, Kristillinen Media Oy, Oy Suomen Uutisradio Ab, Järviradio Oy, NRJ Finland Oy, Kevyt Kanava Oy and Suomen Lähiradiot Oy.
Radio broadcasting on frequencies subject to the programming licences must be started within six months of the first date of the licence period. The programming licences expire at the end of 2019.
Henriikka Rosti, Legal Counsel, tel. +358 295 390 326
Suvi Juurakko-Lehikoinen, Head of Fixed Radiocommunication Networks, tel. +358 295 390 446
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