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Radio: Commercial Broadcasting

Volume 468: debated on Thursday 6 December 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many commercial radio licences were granted by Ofcom in each of the last five years. (171652)

The number of commercial radio licences awarded by Ofcom in each of the last five years is set out in the following table:

Licences awarded

2003

11

2004

2

2005

16

2006

15

2007

112

1 To date

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what recent assessment his Department has made of the size of the commercial radio sector in the UK. (171653)

No such assessment has been made. However, figures published by the independent regulator, Ofcom, show that in 2006, the estimated total of commercial radio revenue was £512 million1.

1 Source:

The UK Communications Market 2007, Ofcom, August 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many commercial radio licences have been returned to Ofcom in each of the last five years. (171656)

The number of commercial radio licences returned to Ofcom in each of the last five years is set out in the following table:

Licences returned

2003

0

2004

0

2005

0

2006

1

2007

12

1 To date