One of Lancashire's commercial radio stations has been given the all-clear by Ofcom after a recent content sampling report. 107 The Bee, based in Darwen, was found to be operating within its Format, giving significant resources to local news and information.
Content sampling is generally carried out at random by Ofcom, or after a complaint has been made either by a member of the public or a rival station.
Simon Brierley, station manager told RadioToday.co.uk: "We're delighted that our recent Ofcom sampling has recognised the real commitment we make throughout our programming to our localness."
In reviewing the output, the regulator said: "Afternoon programming on the 18 October included an interview with rock artist, Jake Stigers, who talked about his new album and played live in the studio. This was a good humoured exchange in which an American from Idaho was encouraged to join in the station’s initiative to identify listeners’ favourite local sayings or phrases and repeat them in a convincing Lancashire accent."
The two extended bulletins were 10-12 minutes in duration and provided a range of local stories and issues, which were enhanced through the inclusion of relevant audio.
Musically, the Format requires an Adult Contemporary mix from the last four decades with a cap on current and recurrent tracks, to which the station was complying.
Last month, the station applied for a Format change to include the networked chart show, hit40uk.