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Radiocentre Policy is at the forefront of commercial radio’s dialogue with the BBC. In many areas we work in partnership to bring about benefits for the combined radio industry. But the BBC represents a huge publically-funded intervention in the market, so we work to ensure the Corporation’s radio output delivers on its public service remit. This minimises its impact on the commercial sector.

Our Priorities
• We make sure BBC radio delivers on its public purposes
• We monitor cross-promotion on BBC channels and its impact on the commercial radio market
• We insist that the BBC supports and invests in the growth of digital radio platforms

2018 - Ofcom consultation: Definition of New Music on Radio 1 and Radio 2

Radiocentre response to Ofcom’s consultation ‘Definition of New Music on Radio 1 and Radio 2’.


2017 - Ofcom Consultation: Holding the BBC to account for the delivery of its mission and public purposes

Radiocentre’s response to Ofcom consultation on holding the BBC to account for the delivery of its mission and public purposes.


Annex comparing the regulatory requirements on BBC radio now and in future is available here.

2017 - Ofcom consultation on procedures for handling content standards and licensing investigations and sanctions.

Radiocentre response to Ofcom consultation on procedures for handling content standards and licensing investigations and sanctions.


2017 - Ofcom's approach to BBC regulation – competition (procedures and guidance)

Radiocentre response to Ofcom consultations (below) on its procedures for dealing with competition concerns arising from BBC activity.

  • Assessing the impact of proposed changes to the BBC’s public service activities
  • Assessing the impact of the BBC’s public service activities
  • The BBC’s commercial activities
  • Distribution of BBC public services


2017 - Ofcom Broadcasting Code Review

Radiocentre response to Ofcom Broadcasting Code Review (Preparing for Ofcom’s new responsibilities for regulating the BBC)


2016 - BBC Trust consultation on BBC Nations' Radio

Radiocentre response to BBC Trust consultation on BBC Nations’ Radio & News on TV and online.


2015 - DCMS Green Paper on BBC Charter Review

The BBC Charter Review process is an opportunity to improve the distinctiveness and diversity of BBC radio services, backed up by tighter regulation.

The Radiocentre response acknowledges that the BBC plays a valuable role in UK radio but cannot – and should not – interpret its requirement for universality to mean providing everything it possibly can without limits, rather than focusing on distinctive output.

Please find our full response here, appendix A here and appendix B here.

2015 - CMS Committee Inquiry into BBC Charter Renewal

This submission deals with the key questions raised by the Committee that are of relevance to radio – grouping the questions into three areas: scale and scope; governance; and regulation and funding.


2015 - BBC Trust Review of Speech Services

Radiocentre Response to BBC Trust Review of Speech Radio Services


This response discusses the performance of National Speech Services (Radios 4, 5 Live, 4 Extra and 5 Live Sports Extra) in relation to the delivery of BBC public purposes and examines ways speech content could be made available to other commercial and BBC radio services.


2015 - Lords Select Committee on Communications call for evidence

In this submission Radiocentre contributes to the Lords Select Committee on Communications call for evidence on the public purposes and licence fee of the BBC.



Apendix A

Apendix B

Apendix C

2015 - BBC Trust Charter Review Consultation: Tomorrow’s BBC

Readiocentre response to Charter Review Consultation: Tomorrow’s BBC – Creative an open, more distinctive BBC.

As part of the Trust’s work on Charter Review an opportunity was afforded to the public and stakeholders to comment on the address some of the concerns that the commercial radio sector has with proposals that have been outlined by the BBC in its vision for the next 10 years in the British, Bold, Creative paper.

Response in full here.

2015 - BBC Trust Local Radio Review

In October Radiocentre submitted its response to the Trust review of BBC Local Radio and BBC local news programming in England.

Response in full here.

2015 - BBC Trust Consultation on Fair Trading

In this response Radiocentre expressed concerns about some of the BBC’s online and digital services (including the Radio 1 iPlayer channel and proposal for a new music streaming service) as well as its apparent endorsement and support of commercial products (such as compilation albums featuring BBC branding).

Response in full here.

2014 - BBC Trust Review of Network Music Radio

Full response from Radiocentre to the BBC Trust Service Review of Network Music Radio



2013 - BBC Trust Review of News

The Radiocentre response to this consultation examined how the most distinctive radio news can be produced to better reach audiences, specifically with regards to flagship news programmes on BBC popular music services.



2013 - CMS Committee Inquiry on the Future of the BBC

The Culture, Media and Sport Committee is holding an inquiry into Future of the BBC, ahead of its current Royal Charter ending in December 2016. Radiocentre commented on our experience of working alongside and competing with the BBC relates principally to its activities in radio, audio and music output.



2013 - BBC Trust review of BBC Online and Red Button

In this response, Radiocentre argues that a more proactively porous BBC Online and Red Button – one that links more readily to commercial broadcasters – will enable the BBC to contribute more to its role as a promoter of growth in the UK creative economy, and better serve the UK licence-fee payer.



2012 - BBC Trust review of Public Purpose Remits

The public purpose remits help services define what they must do to meet Charter requirements. Radiocentre welcomed the opportunity to re-examine the remits at the start of a new service licence review period, believing this a valuable first step in reviewing the suitability of the public purposes ahead of a new BBC Charter in 2016.



2012 - BBC Trust review of service licences

The response to the Trust consultation undertaking a governance review of Service Licences focuses on three core areas of discussion: service licences are still too broad in their language and construction; the requirements placed on BBC Radio services are still not as prescriptive as commercial radio equivalents; and service licences for the BBC Radio portfolio should be readdressed to include more tangible and quantifiable targets.



2012 - BBC Complaints Framework Consultation

Radiocentre broadly welcomed the proposed changes in the consultation – as we agreed that these introductions should make the process more transparent and simpler to use – but stressed that alongside these framework changes we would like to see a more pro-active attitude to complaints resolution by the Trust in the future.



2012 - BBC Delivering Quality First

The response to the final proposals of the BBC Strategy Review stated that BBC Radio requires a more significant and radical change than those being proposed. Specifically the BBC needs to outline further how its main networks will serve non-commercial audiences. A failure to act in this way will limit the range and diversity of output for listeners and reduce revenue of commercial stations.



2012 - BBC Trust review of BBC Local Radio

Radiocentre response to BBC Trust review of BBC Local Radio


The response to the Local service licence review proposed that BBC Local Radio stations could offer even more distinctive and high quality speech content considering the resources at their disposal, and they should do this by focusing on an older audience with more news content than currently.


2012 - BBC Trust review of Asian Network

Radiocentre expressed concerns that format changes proposed by the DQF strategy will remove quality programming from Asian Network and result in a reduction in distinctiveness. Asian Network should continue its commitment to drama, documentary and distinct minority language programming as the commercial sector cannot be expected to fulfil this gap.



2011 - BBC Trust on Five Live Olympics Extra

The BBC Trust approved a DAB only Olympics Extra service to run for three weeks during the summer of 2012. The Radiocentre response supported the premise as a unique service designed to maximise the public value of BBC coverage.



2011 - BBC Trust review of Five Live and Five Live Sports Extra

The RadioCentre response to the BBC Trust review of Five Live and Sports Extra argues that the service does not fully represent BBC public purposes as it should, due to an ill-defined service licence. This paper therefore discusses a plan for more ‘hard’ news and minority ‘sport’ on Five Live in the future.



2011 - BBC Trust's review of BBC national radio stations in Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales

In the nations service licence response paper Radiocentre argued that nations services should be more speech focused and that their efficiency should be measured against commercial radio counterparts.



2010 - BBC Trust review of fair trading policy

In this response Radiocentre explains to the Trust the belief that the BBC must be extra mindful of potential negative competitive impact on competitors; namely BBC self-promotion of its radio services, and the manner in which the BBC bids for radio rights.



2010 - BBC Trust's review of Radios 3, 4 and 7

The response to Radio 3, 4 and 7 service licences consultation commended the stations as emblematic of public service broadcasting. In the paper Radiocentre asked for more content to be shared with commercial services where possible and argued that a public value test should be considered before Radio 7 is rebranded.



2010 - Putting Listeners First: the BBC's responsibility to radio

This manifesto was in response to the BBC strategy review: Putting Quality First. The response encourages the BBC to recognise it opportunity to produce radio content of public value and its responsibility to the wider radio industry.



2010 - BBC Radio - A Review (Value Partners)

Radiocentre commissioned media consultants Value Partners consultancy for an objective investigation of the public value of BBC Radio. This study gives context on BBC services in light of modern economic and technological pressures. It was included in the response to the BBC strategy review.



2010 - BBC Trust review of on-demand offerings

CEO Andrew Harrison wrote to the BBC Trust Head of Public Services Strategy explaining commercial radio has concerns regarding the lack of guidance for how audio content is repackaged for online usage.



2009 - BBC Trust review of the BBC editorial guidelines

The Radiocentre response to the evaluation of BBC editorial guidelines focused upon BBC services affording commercial brands, products and services significant promotional coverage; and highlighted previous Radiocentre complaints in this area.



2009 BBC Trust review of Radio 2 and 6 Music (Exec Summary)

Radiocentre argued that Radio 2 has prioritised popularity at the expense of delivering the BBC’s public purposes, growing younger audiences at the expense of older listeners. It also highlighted the opportunity for Radio 2 to deliver huge public value to mass audiences, while shifting 6 Music to appeal to specialist older audiences.



2009 - BBC sponsorship consultation

Radiocentre welcomed the decision by the BBC Trust to no longer accept sponsorship by commercial bodies for on-air BBC events, but asked for the terms to go further to not allow any arrangement with sponsors.



2009 - BBC consultation on fair trading guidelines

This response was reviewing BBC Statements of Policy on Fair Trading and Competitive Impact since their adoption in 2007. The response tackles eight questions in turn regarding the effectiveness of the Trading Guidelines since introduction.



2009 - BBC Trust's provisional conclusions on the BBC's local video proposals

The BBC Executive proposed to launch an on-demand local video service online. This was rejected by the BBC Trust following a Public Value Assessment. The Radiocentre response agreed that this proposal would not complement existing BBC services and weaken plurality.



Matt Payton

Matt Payton

Director of External Affairs
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Michael Ireland

Michael Ireland

External Affairs Manager 020 7010 0651
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