Ofcom Looks To Ease U.K. Ownership Rules
November 26, 2007 at 5:42 AM (PT)
U.K. radio regulator OFCOM has published its report on radio regulation and is proposing loosening ownership restrictions while retaining some local content requirements.
The report proposes a "simplification" of the ownership rules without being specific, suggesting that the system could allow "further consolidation while protecting plurality" and pledging to keeping the matter under review, while specifically proposing that all FM local stations carry a minimum of 10 hours per weekday of locally produced programming and a maximum of three hours a day of network shows on weekdays. The commission is also proposing simplifying its requirement of format regulation for analog stations as well. The rules on local programming are subject to further consultation which will close on DECEMBER 21st.