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Call for Expressions of Interest in commercial FM sound broadcasting licences

RSM invites interested parties to apply for licences for commercial FM sound broadcasting. This follows a Ministerial directive after Auction 13. To apply for licences, you need to use an Approved Radio Engineer.

We will notify interested parties of the licences applied for. Notification will be via our website and the RSM Business Update newsletter.

Licences available for current expressions of interest

There are no current expressions of interest for new commercial FM sound broadcasting licences.

How to make an expression of interest

To express your interest in purchasing any of these licences, email radio.spectrum@mbie.govt.nz. You will need to provide the following information:

  • your name,
  • the name of the entity you represent,
  • your contact details (phone number, email address and postal address), and
  • an indication which licence(s) from the list above that you specifically wish to purchase.

 

We will then assess the expressions of interest and decide how to allocate the licences. Allocation may be by direct sale or by a competitive allocation process.

You can view full licence data for the licences via the Register of Radio Frequencies.

The licence purchase will be

  • subject to the execution of a licence agreement with the Crown, and
  • is likely to include implementation requirements.

 

If you have questions, email radio.spectrum@mbie.govt.nz. If RSM considers the answers to questions are of interest to other potential purchasers, then they will be published on this webpage.

RSM reserves the right to amend or cancel the Expression of Interest process at any time.

Previous expressions of Interest

July 2018

RSM sought Expressions of Interest for a commercial FM broadcasting spectrum licence that closed on 30 July 2018.

The licence was at the following location

  • Taumarunui, Kururau Rd, 106.3 MHz, licence ID 198446, reserve price: $4,251.57 incl. GST.

This licence was contested and will be put through a competitive allocation process by being auctioned.

May 2018

RSM sought Expressions of Interest in a number of commercial FM broadcasting spectrum licences that closed on 28 May 2018.

The licences were at the following locations:

  • Hillend 91.4 MHz, licence ID 197885, reserve price: $8,088.05 incl gst.
  • Mount Mary 99.0 MHz, licence ID 197886, reserve price: $1,678.54 incl gst.
  • Mount Rochfort 106.1 MHz, licence ID 197963, reserve price: $5,941.93 incl gst.

Hill End and Mount Mary will be put through a competitive allocation process. Mount Rochford had no competing applications and will be allocated by direct sale.

April 2018

RSM sought Expressions of Interest for one commercial FM broadcasting spectrum licence that closed on 30 April 2018.

This licence was at the following location:

  • Mt Burnett (near Takaka), licence ID 197491, reserve price: $2,734.02 incl gst.

Mt Burnett had no competing applications and was allocated by direct sale.

July 2017

RSM sought Expressions of Interest in a number of commercial FM broadcasting spectrum licences that closed on 31 July 2017.

The licences were at the following locations:

  • Centennial Drive (Whitianga) 95.1 MHz, licence number 258295, reserve price: $4,761.60 incl gst.
  • Lower Rataroa (near Thames) 106.0 MHz, licence number 258269, reserve price: $10,579.24 incl gst.
  • Croisilles Ridge (near Okiwi Bay – Marlborough Sounds) 105.9 MHz, licence number 258271, reserve price: $1,150.00 incl gst.
  • Takorika (near Havelock) 106.5 MHz, licence number 258413, reserve price: $1,150.00 incl gst.
  • Grampians (at Nelson) 105.6 MHz, licence number 258268, reserve price: $74,602.79 incl gst.
  • Hollow Top (near Ward) 105.9 MHz, licence number 258270, reserve price: $1,150.00 incl gst.
  • Wallace Peak (near Hanmer Springs) 106.1 MHz, licence number 258414, reserve price: $1,615.76 incl gst.

Two of these licences were uncontested and directly awarded. With the other five licences contested and auctioned in Auction 14 (FM sound broadcasting).

 

Last updated 24 September 2018