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Long term radio licence 

We offer specific licences for Long Term Restricted Service (RSL) radio stations.

Who this licence is for

This licence is for radio stations broadcasting to a single site, such as Student Radio, Army Base Radio and Prison Radio stations holding a Long Term Restricted Service (RSL) Licence from Ofcom. Please note we offer a separate licence scheme for Hospital Radio stations operating under a Long Term RSL from Ofcom.

How to apply

Download our long term radio application pack

Licence fees

1 January to 31 December 2016

Licence fees are 3% of Net Broadcasting Revenue (NBR) subject to a non-returnable on account annual minimum royalty as outlined in the following table.

Station funding mechanism NBR level before 3% rate applies Annual minimum fee (excluding VAT)
Without advertising or sponsorship £21,316,.23 £639.49
With advertising or sponsorship £48,883.98 £1,466.52

The above rates apply to all stations regardless of charity status. All rates quoted are exclusive of VAT. PRS for Music requires all licensees pay by direct debit, either quarterly or annually in advance.

Key rights included

The licence issued by PRS for Music includes the rights to:

  • Broadcast and simulcast PRS for Music repertoire on radio services transmitted from the UK.
  • Copy MCPS commercial music repertoire into programme material and trailers.
  • Copy MCPS production music repertoire into programme and non-programme content such as trailers.
  • Copy MCPS repertoire onto databases and servers for the purposes of providing the broadcast service.


This licence does not cover the use of music in adverts, commercials, promos, sponsorship messages or any programmes not produced by the station. Please refer to the full Terms and Conditions contained in the application pack.

Contact us

If you have any queries please email radiolicensing@prsformusic.com or call +44 (0) 20 3741 4180


Contact radio licensing

Radio Licensing
Broadcast & Online Licensing
PRS for Music
2 Pancras Square
London N1C 4AG

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