MDA seeks proposals for two FM frequencies

SINGAPORE - The Media Development Authority (MDA) has launched a public tender to seek proposals to operate commercial or non-profit radio stations on two FM frequencies - FM 89.3 and FM 96.3.

According to a press statement by MDA, the FM 89.3 spectrum is vacant while FM 96.3, currently occupied by Expat Radio 96.3 XFM, will be vacated by September this year upon expiry of its operating licence.

MDA also said that 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.

The agency welcomes new concepts and will not limit proposals to any particular genre or programming format.

In addition, those looking to operate commercial radio stations on the two frequencies will be required to submit a monetary bid.

Tenderers submitting non-profit proposals will not need to do so but will instead be evaluated on the social impact of their programming concepts.

The tender opens today (June 15) and will close on Sept 14. Results will be announced by the first quarter of 2017.

Interested parties can download the tender document from MDA's website.

There are currently three local radio broadcasters - Mediacorp Pte Ltd, Singapore Armed Forces Reservists' Association (SAFRA) Radio, and SPH Radio.

A total of 18 radio stations, including One FM 91.3, Kiss 92FM and Class 95, are offered in Singapore.