Shackles Removed from Radio

Commercial radio stations will no longer be shackled to an outdated regulatory system under new plans announced by the UK Government on World Radio Day 

The Department for Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS) has launched a consultation to overhaul regulation of national and local radio stations. 

At present, commercial radio has to abide by a series of complex rules regarding content which are enforced by Ofcom, many of which were devised in the late 1980s before the emergence of digital technologies.

But Government has announced today that it is consulting on changes to the rules that govern much of the programming decisions, and is proposing to give greater flexibility to local radio stations in particular so that they can have a say in their own content.

It will further mean that DJs will be free to play more of the music and content they and their listeners want, when they want, without their station needing Ofcom’s permission.

Stations will also be able to network more of their services across different stations, allowing them to showcase star presenters throughout the day including at breakfast time.

The consultation closes May 8, download the document -

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