The Audio Distribution System (ADS) licensing regime has now been made permanent.
ADS is intended for the transmission of audio content for direct reception within a small defined area, typically a sports stadium or conference hall. This will permit the "broadcasting" to closed user groups of material such as a referee's comments, or conference translations, or audio descriptions for the visually impaired; in situations where other means are not suitable.
ADS can use frequencies within the existing PMSE band 60.75 - 62.75 MHz, but on a secondary basis to PMSE users.
You can now book the preferred ADS frequencies below using our online tools:
In addition, with immediate affect ADS WT Act licences issued by JFMG state clearly that the licensee must also be in possession of a valid ADS-RSL Broadcasting Act licence.
Application forms and guidance are available on Ofcom’s website. For further guidance on the ADS-RSL Broadcasting Act licence contact Elaine.email@example.com
Because of the need to protect the primary programme-making service, ADS will not be available at the following events. This list will be updated from time to time as required.
- The Formula One British Grand Prix
- The Cheltenham Gold Cup meeting
- The Open golf Championship
- All other major golf events
To check whether a specific event may be included in the last category, please send an email with details of the event you are considering to firstname.lastname@example.org
Fees (per 50 kHz bandwidth unless stated)
|Band||Up to 31 days||Annual|
|26 - 65 MHz||£56||£672|
|65 - 470 MHz||£172||£2064|
|470 - 1000 MHz||£56||£672|
|1517 - 1525 MHz||£120 per 0.5 MHz||£1440|
Doesn't match up?
If your kit isn't tuned to the frequencies suggested you may still be able use it.
Check Your Frequencies to see if we can licence it at the power, bandwidth and location you require.
If you use our recommended channels licensing should be quicker and we are more likely to meet your requirements. You will also be able to book online.