The main story this week: Radiocentre published their official response to the Department of Culture, Media and Sport’s (DCMS) consultation on commercial radio deregulation, in a move that could have far reaching implications for the industry. The radio body has pushed for the government to act quickly in implementing reform as soon as possible; also suggesting that Ofcom should be asked to relax current rules as part of the transition process. Radiocentre stated: “Digital technology has transformed Britain’s media. Entertainment and information can now be consumed almost anywhere, at any time. These changes offer tremendous opportunities to listeners and broadcasters but the regulation of commercial radio has not kept pace with them".
Their key areas for reform are:
- removal of format requirements, which would provide radio stations with greater freedom to choose their music; allowing for better catering to the demands of local listeners
- regulation of news and information output – refocus regulation on the most valuable elements of output on FM and AM stations, with a structure to support this on DAB in the future
- provision of flexibility on where content is made – allow radio stations to use technology to provide the best locally relevant output and shift the emphasis away from managing where that content is made
- consequential changes to licensing – address the technical issues of licensing to support stability for existing stations and the continued growth of digital radio.
The full response is available here.
Radiocentre are tuning in. It was a busy week for Radiocentre as they also hosted their annual “Tuning In” conference. “Tuning In” explored social media and digital marketing and how advertisers can re-evaluate their thinking, and what opportunities the rise in audio and voice-control present for both the radio industry and for marketers. In a packed morning, industry professionals heard from a superb roster of speakers including Shelagh Fogarty, Tessa Jowell, Dan Brooke and Christian O’Connell, who has also just released his first childresn book "Radio Boy".
Read more about the conference here.
Celador Radio continues to grow with the acquisition of various assets from Reading Broadcasting Company Ltd, notably JACK fm Berkshire. Celador now owns 26 radio stations following the purchase of Anglian Radio earlier this year. It is not yet known whether JACK fm will be rebranded.
Read more about the rebrand here.
And finally, former staff from team rock have launched a Seedrs fundraising campaign for a new rock metal station. Hugh Evans and Russ Collington are leading the team to bring the station to life. Primordial Radio aims to serve the UK rock and metal community by combining the intimacy and personality of radio with the freedom, control, and choice of digital streaming.
You can check out their website here.
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