Tuesday, 13 November 2018

Add Your Comment Of Support For The Save Our Sound UK Campaign Here!

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Tuesday, 14 June 2011

Update From JFMG

From 1st July 2012 to the 1st October 2012 access to TV Channels 61 – 69 will only be available in London, North East England and Northern Ireland*. From the 1st October 2012 access to Channels 61 – 69 will cease completely. However, the availability of these channels will be reviewed in the Autumn of 2011 and access may be extended to 31st December 2012 at the latest.

Until such time as the dates above are confirmed annual licences within Channels 61 – 69 will continue to be issued. If an annual licence is issued with an expiry date after 1st July 2012 (or 1st October 2012 in London, North East England and Northern Ireland) and access to Channels 61 – 69 ends on 1st July 2012 (or 1st October 2012 in London, North East England and Northern Ireland) then the licence will be revoked in accordance with Ofcom’s Wireless Telegraphy General Licence Conditions, specifically Paragraph 1.2 (e). [for reasons related to the management of the radio spectrum] If access to Channels 61 – 69 is extended to 31st December 2012 then all annual licences will expire on their due date, but no later than 31st December 2012.

Therefore, any licences issued after 1st January 2012 will be for the remainder of 2012 and will expire on 31st December 2012. Licence fees for annual assignments are based on a fees cap of 4 X 48 hour periods so there are no financial penalties on the licensee nor will there be any refund payments as a result of a licence revocation as described above.

*London, North East England and Northern Ireland refer to the TV regions, London, Tyne Tees and UTV respectively.

Following the publication of the Ofcom consultation on ‘Implementing Geolocation’ which was published 9th November 2010, BEIRG (British Entertainment Industry Radio Group) raised concern that the four week timeframe for responses was an insufficient period to allow all interested parties to be made fully aware of the existence of the consultation, and allow them to come together with their industry partners to discuss the complex technical implications of these proposals.  
Ofcom has now confirmed that the deadline for the BEIRG submission to the consultation has been extended from 7th December to the 1st February.  This does not, however, extend to all other interested parties, who still only have the original four weeks in which to respond to the consultation. This decision appears to be contrary to Ofcom’s own guidance on fairness and accessibility.
BEIRG has written to the Chief Executive of Ofcom, Ed Richards, to raise their concerns and to request a universal extension of the consultation until 1st February 2011.  BEIRG would be most grateful if other interested parties would also write to Mr Richards endorsing our request for an extension (Ed.Richards@ofcom.org.uk).  Sample letter templates can be downloaded using the links.
BEIRG also think it would be helpful to write to your local MP in order to raise parliamentary awareness of the issues and concerns of those involved. In order to find the contact details of your local MP, you should visit the following website and enter your postcode:http://www.parliament.uk/about/contacting/mp/.

Letter to MP

Letter to Mr. Richards