July 30, 2014

Ofcom approves Capital format change

Ofcom has approved two Format change requests from Global Radio for Capital FM Scotland and Capital FM Birmingham.

Both requests were subject to public consultation to which all but one of the replies were against the change going ahead.

Capital FM Scotland’s format previously included requirements to provide “a fresh dynamic mix of new rock and dance music for Central Scotland for listeners below 39, with at least 30 hours a week of identifiable specialist music programmes”. Now the station is required to be “a rhythmic-based music-led service for 15-29 year-olds supplemented with news, information and entertainment. The service should have particular appeal for listeners in their 20s and at least 12 hours a week of identifiable specialist music programmes”.

Out of the ten public responses, not one were in favour of the change.

Capital FM Birmingham’s format was to provide “a rhythmic-based music and information station primarily for listeners of African or Afro-Caribbean origin, but with cross-over appeal to young white fans of urban contemporary black music and at least 26 hours a week of identifiable specialist music programmes (to include reggae, RnB and hip hop rhythmic-based (e.g. dance, club etc.))”.

Global wanted to change this Format to the same as Scotland but changed the request after a public consultation to add “and include programmes of specific appeal to listeners of African or Afro-Caribbean origin” in order to secure Ofcom approval.

It total, 13 people responded to the consultation – to which 12 were against. Global Radio were contacted by RadioToday.co.uk for a response but declined to comment.

Posted on Thursday, November 17th, 2011 at 8:23 pm by .

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  • Dan Dean

    IS IT ANY WONDER THAT PEOPLE ARE GOING BACK TO RADIO 2…AT LEAST THEY ARE NATIONAL, AND DONT PRETEND THEY ARE ANYTHING ELSE…COMMERCIAL RADIO…BRAINLESS JOCKS..TOTAL CRAP..

  • 55brianb

    What’s the point of these consultations if Ofcom blatently ignore the results?  Should be renamed Ofcon perhaps…

    • Simon Parton

      Money talks mate .. Obviously OFCOM are licking the boots of Global Radio and allowing them to get away with murder!

      • Just Saying

        Or maybe 10 responses in a TSA of nearly 3 million really isn’t considered to be a fair reflection of public opinion when taking in other factors, such as recent rajar performances that demonstrate a growing number of listeners like this format.

  • Colin_ocelot

    North Devon consultation re Heart keeping their licence, over 200 people took part in the consultation and were ignored by OFCOM so not really a shock!

    • MB

      That wasn’t actually the consultation, even though the effect of the DAB expansion to North Devon was to roll over Heart’s FM licence. Heart would probably have won the FM licence re-advertisement anyway.

      What were Ofcom meant to do- ban DAB in North Devon and breach the terms of the Digital Economy Act 2010? Global would have seen them in court.

      Many of the 200 people who replied didn’t understand the legal position because they hadn’t done any research – that was the problem.

  • 3STYLE

    I RETUNED FROM GALAXY 102.2 TO CHOICE FM ON WEST MIDLANDS DAB 2 YEARS AGO, I NOW LISTEN TO CHOICE VIA RADIOPLAYER OR SATELLITE BECAUSE THE SOUND QUALITY IS MUCH BETTER THAN IT’S DISTORTED 112KBPS DAB STREAM IN THE WEST MIDS

    I’D URGE ALL EX-GALAXY102.2 LISTENERS TO RETUNE TO CHOICE – IT PROVIDES THE URBAN MUSIC SERVICE THAT 102.2 WAS SUPPOSED TO PROVIDE IN B’HAM.

  • Acespindoc

    Will Capital provide travel information for those 15 to 29 year-olds travelling during the winter?