Terrestrial TV

Broadcasting TV in the terrestrial network means there is limited room for channels. It therefore requires a licence, which is issued by us. A number of different requirements have been set for the broadcasting companies that apply for licences, including financial and technical ones.

How to apply for a broadcasting licence

Licences to broadcast TV and searchable teletext in the terrestrial network are usually issued for six-year periods. When such a period expires, there is a new application process in which broadcasting companies can apply for licences. The announcement of licences can also take place during an ongoing licence period, if there is broadcasting frequency available.

In an application process you submit your application to the authority, which then assesses it based on the criteria stated in the Swedish Radio and Television Act.

For a broadcasting company to obtain a broadcasting licence, it must first fulfil the financial and technical requirements to broadcast throughout the entire licence period. In addition, the broadcasting company should be prepared to collaborate with the other licence holders on technical issues.

The rules pertaining to licensing for terrestrial TV and searchable teletext can be found in the Swedish Radio and Television Act, and these are applicable for anyone applying for a licence. In addition to the technical and financial conditions imposed on the broadcasting companies, we also take into consideration a number of other factors before issuing a licence.

  • There is a large audience with varying tastes. The selection of TV channels must therefore be broad and contain channels with mixed programming as well as niche channels.
  • There must also be channels from mutually independent broadcasting companies.
  • National as well as local and regional programming services shall have broadcasting space in the terrestrial network.

Broadcasting licences for the public service companies are issued by the government, and not by the Swedish Broadcasting Authority.

Last updated 12/6/2016