Review of the approach to community radio Key Commitments

  • Start: 29 July 2015
  • Status: Closed
  • End: 21 October 2015

Community radio services broadcasting on FM or AM provide social gain and other community benefits on a not-for-profit basis.

Each station is required to provide the service described in its licence, which is based on the proposals it made during the application process for the licence.

These service descriptions recorded in community radio licences are called ‘Key Commitments’.

This consultation seeks views on a proposal to streamline and simplify the Key Commitments.

This will free up community radio stations, enabling them to focus on serving their target communities, adapt better to the changing needs of those communities, and deliver social gain.

Key Commitments are the part of a community radio licence which describes the type of service that the community radio station must provide, and include elements such as the nature of the programme output, and the ways in which the station will deliver community benefits.

We published a consultation in July 2015 on a proposal to streamline and simplify how Key Commitments are recorded in community radio licences, and asked for views on this proposal.

Having considered all the consultation responses, we confirm our proposal to proceed with the proposed changes, with one minor modification to our original proposition.


Review of the approach to community radio Key Commitments, Statement Publication date: 3 March 2016
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