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Regulation

It’s our goal to create and protect the best possible regulatory conditions for both listeners and stations.
This means working closely with Ofcom, which regulates broadcast media in the UK.

We believe that commercial radio is too heavily-regulated in comparison to other media providers . We want to develop a more flexible framework which better reflects listeners’ habits and the role of radio in an evolving media landscape.

Our Priorities:

  • We champion local content, but want to relax local radio production commitments
  • We want to secure the longest broadcast licences to support stations’ long-term interests
  • We support more straight-forward licence formats to allow operators greater control over their output
2016 - Ofcom consultation 'Broadcasting Transmission Services: A review of the market’

 

Radiocentre response to the Ofcom consultation ‘Broadcasting Transmission Services: A review of the market’.

Read our response in full here.

2015 - Ofcom Measurement framework for media plurality

Letter written by CEO Siobhan Kenny in response to to Ofcom’s consultation on the measurement framework for media plurality in order to clarify a number of issues relating to news on commercial radio.

 

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2014 - Ofcom call for inputs: formats

Radiocentre response to Ofcom call for inputs – formats

 

Radiocentre response to Ofcom’s call for inputs on the future of commercial radio formats.

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2014 - Ofcom consultation on analogue licence terms

Radiocentre response to Ofcom consultation on analogue licence terms

 

Radiocentre argued that all commercial radio licences which are not on DAB and are re-advertised should then run for a full 12 years (as allowed under the legislation), rather than the 7 years proposed by Ofcom. Longer licences will improve viability of stations and increase competition as they will be more valuable.

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2014 - DCMS consultation on analogue licence terms

Radiocentre’s response to the DCMS consultation on licence renewals for stations also broadcasting on DAB.

 

 

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2013 - Ofcom consultation on procedures for investigating licence breaches

 

This response welcomes the establishment of a new procedure for investigating breaches of broadcast licences (such as formats and local news). However, it challenges the proposal to publish details of all investigations, and outlines practical problems with providing recordings to Ofcom in such a short time frame (a maximum of 5 days).

 

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2013 - DCMS consultation on Ofcom's responsibilities

Radiocentre response to DCMS welcoming changes to Ofcom’s statutory obligations. In particular we support the amendment of Section 27 (1) and (2) of the Communications Act 2003 (through powers granted in the Public Bodies Act 2011) to finally remove the burdensome duty for Ofcom to promote training and undertake equality monitoring for the radio industry.

 

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2011 - Ofcom consultation on undue discrimination between broadcast advertisers

Radiocentre submitted a short note to Ofcom welcoming the rules and guidance on prevention of undue discrimination between broadcast advertisers, with the caveat that broadcasters will still require the flexibility to manage advertisers and their messages in different ways.

 

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2011 - Letter to Ofcom on media plurality

In October 2011 Jeremy Hunt wrote to Ofcom regarding the options for measuring media plurality in future. Ofcom sought views on this issue and Radiocentre submitted a short response highlighting the need for flexibility; consideration of news impact; the presence of the BBC; and use of multiple sources for news.

 

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2011 - Ofcom consultation on approach to DAB coverage planning

Ofcom was asked, as part of the Government’s Digital Radio Action Plan, to consider the basis for FM and DAB coverage measurement and technical assumptions. Radiocentre stated that it was broadly content with these planning assumptions, but it may be possible to make some adjustments at the margins to minimise cost but ensure best possible coverage.

 

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2011 - Ofcom - Draft Annual Plan

Radiocentre expressed concern that radio does not feature in Ofcom’s proposed priorities for 2011/12, highlighting the need for action on digital radio; radio licensing; commercial references; and illegal broadcasting.

 

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2011 - Ofcom - Review of Procedures for Handling Broadcasting Complaints

Radiocentre welcomed Ofcom’s attempts to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of handling complaints, but would not want this to be at the expense of good judgement in the complaints process.

 

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2011 - Ofcom consultation on approach to DAB coverage planning
Ofcom was asked, as part of the Government’s Digital Radio Action Plan, to consider the basis for FM and DAB coverage measurement and technical assumptions. Radiocentre stated that it was broadly content with these planning assumptions, but it may be possible to make some adjustments at the margins to minimise cost but ensure best possible coverage.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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2010 - Ofcom - 2010 Broadcasting Code Review

Radiocentre welcomed Ofcom’s proposal to liberalise the rules on commercial references in radio, so that sponsorship and promotional messages can be included in programming (as long as this is transparent), but argues that this could go further in some areas.

 

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2010 - Ofcom consultation on Local Commercial Analogue Radio Licence Durations

Radiocentre argued that all commercial radio licences which are not on DAB and are re-advertised should then run for a full 12 years (as allowed under the legislation), rather than the 7 years proposed by Ofcom. Longer licences will improve viability of stations and increase competition as they will be more valuable.

 

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2010 - Ofcom consultation on Radio Multiplex Licence Renewals

Radiocentre sought clarification on the nature and timing of some of the commitments expected by Ofcom, as part of the rolling programme of renewals for DAB multiplexes from the end of 2010.

 

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2010 - Ofcom - Annual Plan 2010/11

Radiocentre emphasised the need for Ofcom to prioritise deregulation (on localness rules and commercial references); extend the length of analogue radio licences; and tackle illegal broadcasting.

 

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2010 - Ofcom Radio Multiplex Licence Renewals
Radiocentre sought clarification on the nature and timing of some of the commitments expected by Ofcom, as part of the rolling programme of renewals for DAB multiplexes from the end of 2010.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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2009 - Ofcom consultation on Implications of Digital Britain for Localness Regulation

Radiocentre supported the drive towards greater freedom for radio stations to organise how and where content is produced, including an increase in co-location and programme sharing that legislation will allow. However, ultimately stations should be measured on ‘outputs’ (content, local relevance) rather than ‘inputs’ (location, quotas).

 

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2009 - Ofcom - Media Ownership Rules Review

Ofcom’s recommendation to remove the local radio ownership rules was welcomed by Radiocentre. It also proposed liberalising local cross media ownership rules as a step towards their removal.

 

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2009 - Ofcom - Premium Rate Services (PRS) Scope Review

Radiocentre response to Ofcom – Premium Rate Services (PRS) Scope Review

 

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2009 - Ofcom consultation on complaints

Radiocentre response to Ofcom – Complaints Consultation

 

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2009 - Ofcom consultation on 'Audience Participation in Radio Programming'
2009 - Ofcom - 2009 Broadcasting Code Review

Radiocentre argued strongly that commercial references on radio were restricted and separated unnecessarily, and should be revised radically. In future the rules should only focus on the principles of editorial integrity and transparency.

 

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2009 - Ofcom consultation on Implications of Digital Britain for Localness Regulation
Radiocentre supported the drive towards greater freedom for radio stations to organise how and where content is produced, including an increase in co-location and programme sharing that legislation will allow. However, ultimately stations should be measured on ‘outputs’ (content, local relevance) rather than ‘inputs’ (location, quotas).

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Matt Payton

Matt Payton

Director of External Affairs

matt.payton@radiocentre.org
020 7010 0652
Michael Ireland

Michael Ireland

External Affairs Manager

michael.ireland@radiocentre.org 020 7010 0651
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