Localness on Local Commercial Radio Stations

Published: 4 March 2004
Consultation closes: 8 April 2004
Status: Closed (pending statement)

This document examines the localness issue which Ofcom is required to interpret with regard to local (ie not national) radio stations.

The proposal here will result in interim guidelines on localness being issued to existing licensees as a pre-cursor to, and support for, more detailed research and consultation as part of Ofcom’s overall radio strategy.

It makes a number of statements with regard to Ofcom’s views on the basics of localness. It signals a more substantive consultation to follow later in the year at which time localness ‘proxies’ such as automation, news sharing arrangements, location of studios and networking will be considered. They will not form part of this interim consultation.

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