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Radio Regulations Relaxed.

Date posted: December 20, 2017

Source: Generator

The UK government has announced plans to further deregulate commercial radio so that the genres of music each station plays will not be fixed in its licence agreement with media regulator OfCom.

The announcement follows a Government consultation on radio licensing that was launched earlier this year.

Broadcasting rules governing commercial radio have been relaxed numerous times over the years, though radio companies have been pushing for even more flexibility, arguing that fixed genre obligations date from a different time when there were far fewer radio stations for listeners to choose from, and no online music services offering other alternatives.

Confirming that commercial radio would now get that extra flexibility, the Department For Digital, Culture, Media & Sport said yesterday that it was

Department For Digital, Culture, Media & Sport said that it was now “Removing these outdated rules that restrict the growth of the sector”, with stations no longer needing to play specific genres as part of their licence agreements.

Minister for Digital Matt Hancock said: “The UK’s thriving commercial radio sector is highly valued by local communities across the country. Removing these unnecessary burdens means commercial radio stations will have the freedom and flexibility to respond to their local audience and give listeners greater choice”.

Radiocentre CEO Siobhan Kenny said: “Radiocentre welcomes the government’s plans for deregulation of the pre-internet age rules that govern commercial radio. The new rules will give stations greater flexibility in how they operate, unlocking the potential of commercial radio and giving listeners even more choice from their favourite radio brands. We now look forward to the government enacting these sensible changes at the earliest opportunity”.