Ashford radio licence decision to be challenged in High Court
Posted by
Ashford radio licence decision to be challenged in High Court

The Chairman of A-Ten FM has been given the go ahead to challenge the government communications regulator Ofcom on its decision to award the new Ashford local radio licence to a company which is majority owned by the Kent Messenger newspaper group.

In his legal challenge, Chairman Francis Wildman claims the licence award decision was seriously flawed in several ways – in particular that the winning licensee plans to beam in around half of its programming from its existing radio stations elsewhere in Kent.

Mr Wildman said ?Ofcom have failed in their principal duty to encourage competition and diversity of choice for listeners. They have ignored what Parliament intended and more importantly what the people of Ashford wanted. Although I believe some local people supported the trial broadcasts of Lark FM, what KM are now offering bears no resemblance. Even the local news bulletins will be piped in from elsewhere in Kent.”

?If Ofcom?s decision is allowed to stand, the people of Ashford will be left with a third rate local radio service which poorly serves the area and its people. This is not what Ashford wants or deserves.?

?Ofcom simply cannot be allowed to ignore the rules laid down to them by Parliament or to ride roughshod over the wishes of the people of Ashford?

Mr Wildman welcomes comment on his legal challenge at [email protected]

There were a total of six applications for the licence which was awarded in January 2005. A date for the High Court hearing has yet to be announced.

Hear more radio industry news like this at the top of the hour on inRadio - the radio industry's very own radio station. Listen now in a new window whilst you continue reading RadioToday or press play below.

0 0 434 16 April, 2005 Industry News 3:28 am 20054 Saturday, April 16th, 2005

Leave a Reply

Looking for something else?


Subscribe to our emails to stay informed about the latest radio news and products delivered straight to your inbox.

Related Posts

No related posts were found
RAJAR Q3 2016 - October 26, 2016 at 11:00 pm (London)
WorldDAB General Assembly 2016 - November 9, 2016 at 10:00 am ()
Student Radio Awards - November 10, 2016 at 6:00 pm (The O₂ 10 Entertainment Avenue, London, SE10 0DY, England)
BBC Gillard Awards - November 10, 2016 at 7:00 pm (Newcastle)
Audio Production Awards - November 23, 2016 at 6:00 pm (BFI Southbank, Belvedere Road, London)
Radio TechCon 2016 - November 28, 2016 at 10:00 am (The Arts Theatre, 6-7 Great Newport St, London WC2H 7JB)
Salon de la Radio - January 29, 2017 at 10:00 am (Paris)
Salon de la Radio - January 30, 2017 at 10:00 am (Paris)
More events