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Radiocentre welcomes Ofcom’s new proposals on local radio programming

By | Published on Monday 25 June 2018


Media regulator Ofcom has published new proposals to change the rules regarding locally-produced content on regional and local radio stations in the UK.

Under the new proposals, the requirements for locally-produced programming on local FM radio stations would be reduced. The rules revamp would also make changes to the areas within which programmes are considered ‘locally-made’.

Commercial radio trade body Radiocentre welcomed the proposals as they were announced last week. Its CEO Siobhan Kenny said in a statement: “These proposals from Ofcom are a welcome first step towards implementing the plans announced last year by government to reform the pre-internet rules that still govern commercial radio”.

“Radio stations need to be able to address and embrace technological change, not be shackled to an outdated regulatory system”, she continued. “Once enacted these changes will help unlock the potential of commercial radio, giving stations greater flexibility in how they operate and the ability to provide an even better service for listeners”.

Ofcom is now holding a consultation on the proposals and will be accepting submissions until 3 Aug. Further details here.