SGR Colchester is to lose its local afternoon show, and share output with SGR Ipswich, RadioToday.co.uk can reveal. It means both stations will only be obliged to offer seven hours a day of local programming.
Despite the stations being in different counties, Ofcom approved the request for the joint programming, saying the two towns, Colchester and Ipswich, have cultural, travel and economic links.
SGR Colchester has an MCA of 131,083 people, under the proposed 250,000 set out as a guideline in Ofcom's Future of Radio consultation which encourages measures such as these.
The programme, which starts on June 30th, will be presented by Nick Pandolfi from 1pm till 4pm, followed by two local drivetime presenters, one on each station.