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ILR - Deregulated
Dec 18th, 2017, 8:51pm
No longer  'Local' ?

This is from "The Radiocentre", here.

The Radiocentre says..

Radiocentre welcomes plans to press ahead with commercial radio deregulation

Radiocentre welcomes plans to press ahead with commercial radio deregulation

Radiocentre has welcomed confirmation from the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS) that it plans to make changes to relax commercial radio regulation.

The announcement came as part of the Government’s long-awaited response to its commercial radio deregulation consultation which closed in May 2017.

The statement (available in full here ) provides an overview of the responses received by the Government and highlights the intention to push ahead with the specific proposals set out in the consultation. Key points raised in the response are that:

it confirms the intention to remove local production requirements
it agrees that remaining music formats should be removed
it recognises that having different requirements for the Nations could disadvantage these stations
it acknowledges support for continuing local news requirements, but delays the question of exactly how to secure this on DAB stations in future
it proposes only limited licensing of international radio services in the UK (starting with Republic of Ireland).
Earlier this year Radiocentre submitted a response to the consultation (here) on behalf of the commercial radio industry. Radiocentre will now work with DCMS on the new structure and with Ofcom on introducing changes to existing rules and guidance that can be made in the meantime.

CEO Siobhan Kenny said “Radiocentre welcomes the Government’s plans for deregulation of the pre-internet age rules that govern commercial radio. The new rules will give stations greater flexibility in how they operate, unlocking the potential of commercial radio and giving listeners even more choice from their favourite radio brands. We now look forward to the Government enacting these sensible changes at the earliest opportunity.”

Mims Davies MP, Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Commercial Radio, said “It is great news that the Government has published its response to the commercial radio deregulation consultation.  I agree with the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport that deregulation is a necessary and positive step for the industry. I look forward to working with the APPG to ensure that legislation is introduced as soon as possible to support our local stations and ensure they continue to build on their current successes. This is a really important industry and I am pleased the Government is giving it the support it needs.”

This is from ".gov.uk"

"Commercial radio given more freedom on content".

The word  'LOCAL' seems to have disappeared, except in the statement..."it confirms the intention to remove local production requirements".

"Commercial Radio" is now prominent.

From here,  page 24, Section 3.4

"Amongst the most important contribution commercial radio makes to listeners in the communities it serves is the provision of high quality accurate and reliable national, international and local news. According to research commissioned by Ofcom, this content is highly valued by listeners: 51% of the UK adult population listens to local commercial radio news. To put this in context only 16% of adults in England listen to BBC local radio."

"Digital Minister Matt Hancock said: “The UK’s thriving commercial radio sector is highly valued by local communities across the country. As radio moves closer to a digital switchover we need to give them the freedom to adapt and compete with online stations. Removing these unnecessary burdens means commercial radio stations will have the freedom and flexibility to respond to their local audience and give listeners greater choice.”" (Source radiotoday.co.uk)
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