GMG Radio's chief executive Stuart Taylor has welcomed the Government's Digital Britain report, and looks forward to engaging with Ofcom about taking their brands to a digital-only platform.
The group, which owns 11 (soon to be 12) regional radio stations, is particularly interested in the section of the report which will permit greater co-location of larger stations and in some cases more networking of programmes.
Former GMG Radio CEO John Myers recommended to the government that regional brands should be able to co-locate anywhere in the country, as long as they provide a regional news and information service.
Stuart Taylor says: "GMG Radio is very pleased to see that the Digital Britain report has stuck so closely to the ‘Myers Review’ on localness. It has given us a clear indication on the future of regional radio stations in relation to DAB and appears to allow a great deal of flexibility on how GMG Radio builds its brands across the UK in this digital future. We look forward to engaging with Ofcom on the variations of the way forward."
The company owns six Smooth Radio stations, and five Real Radio stations, with a 6th to be launched in North Wales next year.