MONDAY 27 SEPTEMBER
BACKGOUND INFORMATION ON RESERVATION OF FM SPECTRUM FOR NATIONAL RADIO AND YOUTH RADIO
Government has always acknowledged that some services may not be provided on a commercial basis, and has reserved
spectrum in the past to meet various social policy and cultural objectives.
In December 1998 the Ministry of Commerce invited submissions on the allocation of spectrum in the 101 -108 MHz band.
Sixty-four submissions were received, 58 of which sought reservation of spectrum for various “non-commercial” services.
Of these proposals, two were national in scope - Youth Radio and National Radio - while the others were more locally
Government has decided to reserve spectrum now for the purposes of establishing a national youth radio station and to
enable National Radio to broadcast in the FM frequency band.
Government will make decisions on the other submissions received by the Ministry of Commerce when an assessment of those
submissions has been completed and preliminary engineering appraisals have occurred.
The National Radio FM proposal will be subject to a satisfactory business case being approved.
With regard to youth radio it is envisaged that three months will be required to determine who will be the successful
national Youth Radio network provider. This will involve:
inviting expressions of interest in providing the service
assessing expressions of interest against agreed criteria regarding content and viability
establishing final conditions under which the spectrum licence is held.
Officials from the Ministries for Culture and Heritage and Youth Affairs will assess expressions of interest on the
basis of compliance with the following licence conditions:
the service will be constituted as a separate not-for-profit entity
it will be self-funding
it must be funded from sources other than advertising revenue
the management board must be representative of youth and radio interests
it must make available to commercial radio, either through simulcasting or delayed broadcasts, any of its programming
at no cost
the format must promote New Zealand music and arts and provide interactive, educational and advisory services, and
of the music and arts content, a significant proportion must be New Zealand content (Australian content would qualify
as New Zealand content in accordance with the CER agreement).
Applicants will be expected to provide a business case, detailing how the service would be operated, and how it would be
sustained. This will need to include details on:
sources of funding for the network
financial projections over a five year period
management and governing Board structure
indicative programme schedules, and
relevant technical data.
The spectrum will be reserved for a five-year period and the licence will be subject to annual review. Renewal of the
licence will be subject to compliance with the agreed licence conditions.