SINGAPORE: The Media Development Authority (MDA) has launched a public tender to seek proposals to operate commercial or not-for-profit radio stations on two FM frequencies - FM 89.3 and FM 96.3.
The FM 89.3 spectrum is vacant while FM 96.3, currently occupied by Expat Radio 96.3 XFM, will be vacated by September 2016 upon expiry of its operating licence, MDA said in a press release on Wednesday (Jun 15).
With the aim of attracting "the widest range of proposals possible and inject greater vibrancy into the local radio scene", MDA said it welcomes new concepts, adding that it will not limit proposals to any particular genre or programming format.
“All proposals will be evaluated based on the strength of programming characteristics and quality, as well as the financial standing of the tenderers and their business plans,” it said.
MDA added that those looking to operate commercial radio stations on the two frequencies will be required to submit a monetary bid, while tenderers submitting not-for-profit proposals will instead be evaluated on the social impact of their programming concepts.
The tender opens from Jun 15 to Sep 14. Results will be announced by the first quarter of 2017.
EXPAT RADIO 96.3 XFM TO BROADCAST TILL SEP 30
Mediacorp, which operates Expat Radio 96.3 XFM, said both MDA and Mediacorp have done a review and mutually agreed to cease transmission of the station, given the rapidly changing radio landscape.
"Mediacorp is working with our partners to find other platforms for the content they are able to offer," it said.
Staff will be redeployed to other positions when transmission ends on Sep 30.
When asked if the licence was revoked due to the small listenership numbers, Mediacorp said Expat Radio 96.3XFM serves a niche audience, and was not designed to "reach the listenership levels of the mass market radio stations".
"The review of the station and frequency was driven by new technologies and evolving radio listenership preferences," it added.