Wednesday 14 May 2014

Politicians urged to revise commercial radio regulations

On-air radio want to come on level with digital radio on-line
British parliament is being urged to relax commercial radio regulations as the platform faces competition from digital services such as Spotify, Deezer and iTunes. Chairman of the All Party Group for Commercial Radio, Andrew Bingham MP, wants new rules to be introduced that create ‘a more level playing field’. In contrast to digital services on line, commercial radio is required to comply with rules on music content, local production and license renewals.
A new report Action Stations reveals that commercial radio broadcasts an average of 10 hours 21 minutes public value content each week.  Siobhan Kenny, chief executive of RadioCentre said: Today’s report shows that commercial radio continues to play a central role in the life of local communities across the UK, even within an ever-changing digital landscape. 

Andrew Bingham commented that this highlights the enormous amount of good work by commercial radio stations. I don’t want to see this value put at risk, so I will be looking for some time for a debate in the House, to highlight the benefits of and challenges facing commercial radio. As technology moves forward bringing new platforms and services I think it could be time for the Government to conduct a review of these issues - for the benefit of the industry and its listeners. (MusicWeek)