Ofcom has announced that come 2014, digital terrestrial radio and television broadcasters will be required to pay an annual fee – known as Administered Incentive Pricing (AIP) – that reflects the amount of spectrum they use.
Ofcom say the application of AIP is one way to encourage spectrum users to make efficient use of their frequencies, or to release the spectrum to others who can make better use of it.
The BBC will also be required to pay for the spectrum it uses for analogue radio on the same basis as commercial broadcasters from 2008. Commercial broadcasters already pay a charge equivalent to AIP.
Ed Richards, chief executive of Ofcom, said: "Radio spectrum is a vital national asset. It underpins all modern communications and demand is increasing all the time. As innovation develops and more commercial or public uses are identified, it is essential that we encourage all spectrum users to make the most efficient possible use of this scarce resource.”
This will be the final nail in the coffin for channel 4 lmao! Digital Spy Report