Ofcom Alters Local Content Rules For Radio
February 7, 2008 at 5:28 AM (PT)
U.K. radio regulator OFCOM has released its new local content guidelines for analog commercial radio, mandating that FM stations carry at least 10 hours per weekday and 4 hours per weekend day of local content, with AM stations required to carry 4 hours of local shows per day.
Stations in SCOTLAND, WALES, and NORTHERN IRELAND will be required to carry an additional six weekday hours of programming from their home nations. The new guidelines represent a loosening of previous guidelines, with no station required to air more local programming than they presently do and many seeing reductions in their present requirements.
OFCOM CEO ED RICHARDS said that the agency "recognizes the industry need for flexibility which is why we are continuing to take measures to simplify regulation whilst ensuring listeners still receive the local content that they value highly."