U.K.'s Ofcom Finds Several Stations In Breach Of Rules
April 27, 2010 at 4:23 AM (PT)
U.K. radio regulator OFCOM has found several commercial radio stations in break of its codes.
The agency held that UTV national Sports station TALKSPORT was not in compliance with its rules when it ran a contest on controversial politician GEORGE GALLOWAY's show where the host indicated that the first right answer would win the prize but winners were not selected in that fashion. The station has been summoned to a meeting with the agency to discuss compliance procedures. In addition, TALKSPORT was found in breach for airing a betting show in which a representative of the sponsor was interviewed.
ADVENTURE RADIO GROUP AC SOUTHEND RADIO/SOUTHEND ON SEA was found in breach of the rules with a contest that did not properly disclose that other stations on the ADVENTURE RADIO NETWORK were participating in the promotion, and the jackpot was incorrectly characterized as growing every day; the agency accepted the station's word that it did not intend to mislead listeners and also accepted the station's remedial actions.
DEE 106.3/CHESTER was found in breach over a contest involving a Ladies Night promotion at a local nightclub, in which the promos included impermissible advertisements for the nightclub.
BAUER MEDIA's Top 40 97.4 COOL FM/BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND was found in breach for a sponsorship tag that offered a ferry fare that a listener reported was unavailable.
And BATH FM/BATH and 3TR FM/WARMINSTER were found in breach for deviating from their licensed formats. The stations were among five closed down with SOUTH WEST RADIO's failure earlier this year.