Broadcast, TV, Film, Theatre & Special Events Licensing

Interference free channels are essential for production use and can save on costly mistakes being made during high budget productions.

Ears plc can arrange channels with JFMG for Programme Making & Special Events (PMSE) for use with our hire equipment.

User requirements often include broadcast production for TV and radio, theatre & live music or major sporting events like the F1 Grand Prix, Wimbledon and The Open Golf Championships. Ears will arrange liase with PMSE who coordinate borrowing-in and spectrum sharing with other users, including the Ministry of Defence, TV broadcasters and radio astronomy, to meet your needs.

Under UK law (the Wireless Telegraphy Act of 1949), a licence is required for PMSE. This includes use of radio microphones, Talkback (walkie-talkies) and production services in theatrical performances, radio and television programmes, conferences, places of worship and so on, but only when directly associated with the performance or event.

There are two types of UK Wireless Microphone Licence.

UHF – UK wide shared access to Channel 38 (606.500-613.500 MHz) internally or externally and licensed on a non-protected basis for either one or two years.

Users can typically achieve 10 radio microphones in this range operating in the same place at the same time. However this can differ case by case.

Access is not restricted to specific frequencies and users can re tune within the stated range to any usable frequency.

VHF – UK wide shared access to 15 spot frequencies in the range 175.250 to 209.800 MHz internally or externally and licensed on a non-protected basis for one year only.

These licences are popular due to the one off purchase with no requirement to notify us of where or when these channels are being used. However as the channels are shared users must be prepared to retune to alternative frequencies if interference from other local users is experienced.

Standard Licences are issued when a user wishes to access frequencies that are coordinated with other users or uses.

This licence is used for equipment such as radio microphones, in ear monitors or wireless cameras.

Coordination could take place with other local PMSE frequency users, or for some equipment it will be coordinated to ensure there is no television transmitting that will affect the use.

These licences require users to book on a location by location, date by date basis. Frequencies are booked anywhere between 15 minutes to one year, however annual, long term of fixed site access is usually only permitted for the permanent resident or owner of the site.

Risk of interference on these frequencies is minimal due to the coordination process, however we will support instances  of interefence on these channels.

Licences are a permit to use frequencies. This means that the first time that a user requests access to frequencies, we will first issue them with a licence. Once the licence is created, the frequencies that a user wishes to access will be added to that licence.

Many short term users regularly require additional frequencies to be added to their licence. We issue a Notice of Variation (NoV) to the licence which details these changes.

A Licence is generally made up of the following sections:

The Licence which contains general licensing terms and conditions.

Schedule One which describes the terms and conditions specific to the frequencies listed in Schedule Two.

Schedule Two which includes a list of the frequencies that have been assigned, with technical characteristics, the location or area of operation and times and dates.

UHF (Channel 38)

£85.00 for one year and £155.00 for two years.

If users decide to purchase this type of licence there is a discount for purchasing direct from our website;

£75.00 for one year and £135.00 for two years.


VHF (15 pre defined frequencies)

£85.00 for one year.

If users decide to purchase this type of licence there is a discount for purchasing direct from our website;

£75.00 for one year.

The use of Channel 38 covers you for multiple units providing they sit within the boundaries of Channel 38. The range for Channel 38 is from 606.500 to 613.500 MHz. Anything outside of this range is not covered by the licence.

Access to Chennal 38 is not location specific and covers you for multiple locations simultaneously UK wide.

The power on limits on Channel 38 is 10mw for handhelds and 50mw for body worn transmitters internally or externally.

Users can utliise as many frequencies that can practically fit within the range, intermediation and adjacent frequency use will the prime factors affecting this figure.

Practically speaking you could fit 8-10 frequencies into this range depending on equipment deployment, however if the devices are physically spaced apart more can be achieved without intermediation.

The frequencies in the Channel 38 guard bands – 606.000-606.500 and 613.500-614.000 MHz are illegal to use and are not covered by the licence.

The frequencies which you can licence high powered links on are in Channel 38.

There are two specific channels that can be used which are 606.700MHz and 607.000MHz

Users are not covered to access these high powered links with a UK Wireless Microphone Licence for Channel 38.

A high powered link is classed as an audio link or an amplified wireless microphone with a greater power than 10mW (50mW body-worn) but not exceeding 1W.

Some equipment that is manufactured can tune into frequencies that do not require a licence to operate. There are several licence exempt areas for PMSE use.

The UHF licence exempt range is 863.100-864.900 MHz. This is within Channel 70.

Channel 70 is adjacent to use of mobile in the 800 MHz band. There should not be any interference however this is the risk taken with the licence exempt channels.

The power on channel 70 is limited to 10mw for handhelds and 50mw for body worn transmitters both internally and externally.

There is no limitation to how many frequencies can used in this channel as long as users stay within the confines of the band. On average users would probably be able to use four units at one time.

There are currently no plans to remove access to Channel 70 it will continue to be licence exempt for PMSE users.

There is also a VHF licence exempt range which runs from 173.700-175.10MHz.

A licence exempt WiFi band runs from 2.400-2.4835GHz and is free to use for audio equipment below 10Mw, manufacturers suggest that up to 70 radio microphones could be used at one time in the range, however there are many other uses of this band such as WiFi networks, Bluetooth short range links and microwaves.