New radio station licences – longer validity, fewer rules

Commercial radio stations need to be better able to respond to the rapidly evolving media market and the changing needs of listeners. The rules that apply to them will therefore be cut back. The auction of licences for commercial radio stations will make this possible, and the new licences will be valid for 10 years. This is set out in a letter to the House of Representatives from economic affairs minister Henk Kamp, state secretary for culture Sander Dekker and finance minister Jeroen Dijsselbloem.

‘Auctioning permits with a longer validity and subject to fewer conditions will enhance the opportunities for innovating and enterprising businesses,’ said Mr Kamp. ‘At the turn of the century, people listened to music on the radio or by buying CDs or occasionally downloads. Nowadays we also listen to music on iTunes, Spotify and YouTube. Analogue, digital and internet radio stations are available. The radio market is part of a rapidly changing media market, and commercial radio stations need to be able to respond promptly to new developments.’