Ofcom Mulls Applications For Co-Location, Local Hours Changes, Format Change
November 5, 2010 at 4:19 AM (PT)
TOWN AND COUNTRY RADIO has applied to U.K. radio regulator OFCOM to co-locate Hot AC 106.3 BRIDGE FM/BRIDGEND, WALES and AC 102.1 BAY RADIO/SWANSEA, WALES. The licensee notes that OFCOM has previously confirmed the stations as both being in the WEST WALES area and therefore likely to get consent to relocate within that area, but TOWN AND COUNTRY is requesting to include SOUTH WALES as approved for co-location.
In other applications to the agency, CELADOR Adult Hits JACK FM/BRISTOL, ENGLAND, Triple A THE COAST/SOUTHAMPTON and Easy Listening trio THE BREEZE/PORTSMOUTH, THE BREEZE/WINCHESTER, and THE BREEZE/SOUTHAMPTON have applied to OFCOM to reduce its minimum obligation for local programming from ten to seven hours per day weekdays, with weekends remaining at four hours. The stations say that its enhanced news service justifies the change.
CELADOR Easy Listening STAR RADIO/BRISTOL has applied to change format to a "soulful" AC with additional multicultural programming.
And BAUER RADIO has asked OFCOM to allow its Urban KISS stations in LONDON, the SEVERN ESTUARY, and the EAST OF ENGLAND to simulcast as a national station.