Is Sweden Set for an FM Band Renaissance?
Listeners in Stockholm, Gothenburg and Malmo are getting new stations
December 27, 2017
STOCKHOLM —The Press, Radio and Television Authority in Sweden has granted 35 licenses for commercial local radio on FM, all of which become effective Aug. 1, 2018.
Bauer Media and MTG via its subsidiary Kilohertz AB have secured a number of licenses. This comes in addition to the national licenses that were previously awarded to MTG, Bauer and NRJ. Thus, a majority of the new licenses for commercial local radio go to the same major players that dominate Norwegian commercial local radio, though there are also some smaller companies that have secured licenses as well. License fees in the big cities cost tens of millions of dollars, according to radionytt.no.
Retro FM has managed to obtain licenses in Stockholm, Gothenburg and Malmo; DB Media has secured a license for the Gold Canal in Stockholm. The Swedish capital will have more local radio. East FM has secured a license there, as has RBS Broadcasting. Stockholm has been completely dominated by stations belonging to MTG and Bauer Media, so new local stations represent a significant change going forward, according to the same article. Most areas of Sweden will soon receive at least eight channels on FM.