July 31, 2014

Midwest to be Breeze after Ofcom approval

Ofcom has approved requests from Celador Radio for changes to the formats of its two Midwest Radio licences in Yeovil and Shaftesbury.

It paves the way for the station to be rebranded as The Breeze from next Monday.

The approval from Ofcom means that locally-made programming on the stations can originate from any of its other Breeze stations in Bristol, Bath, Bridgwater or Warminster.

Locally-made hours have also been cut from 10 per day to 7 (which must include breakfast), with four local hours required on Saturday and Sundays.

A post on Midwest Radio’s Facebook page tonight says: “Midwest Radio becomes The Breeze from Monday 25th June. Familiar voices, and some new ones to welcome… and the chance to win BIG CASH prizes. Oh, and all the local news, travel and great songs just like always :-)”

It appears the station will keep local breakfast and drivetime shows across the two former Midwest licences.

The format changes are in return for Celador promising to provide an ‘enhanced local news service’, which amounts to hourly news during weekday daytimes and peak hours at weekends – in keeping with Ofcom’s guidelines on localness.

The Yeovil licence is in the same ‘Ofcom approved area’ for co-location and programme-sharing as the other existing Breeze stations, but the Shaftesbury one is technically in the ‘Solent’ agreed area. The regulator agreed with Celador that it made sense for programmes to be shared with other sister stations in the West of England since it already has ‘cross-approved area’ permissions to co-locate and programme share with the Yeovil licence.

In its application, Celador said: “Shaftesbury is roughly equidistant between Bristol and Southampton. However, in the West there are already well established programming and news links with Yeovil. Furthermore, in the West we are already providing news and programming for Warminster – Shaftesbury’s nearest ILR neighbor. Given its proximity to our other stations in the West we feel it is more appropriate to request programme sharing and co-location with this region rather than Solent. We are mindful of the station’s Character of Service obligations to provide locally oriented output – particularly local news – and are producing news bulletins specifically for the Shaftesbury and Blandford Forum market.”

The format change request follow Celador’s purchase of Midwest Radio in December last year and recent programme schedule changes. It’s reported that the rebrand to The Breeze could happen next Monday (25th June).

It’s also two years ago today that Celador first announced The Breeze as a new brand for the group, which first appeared in Southampton and Winchester.

See the Ofcom format change request approvals here for Shaftesbury and Yeovil.

Posted on Monday, June 18th, 2012 at 9:34 pm by .

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  • Harrisbelway

    well i wont be tuning in the way you have treated the midwest presenters is a disgrace shame on you and may you go under fast !

  • Davewiggywiggins003

    I Do Think  Celador  Should Get Ofcom  To Let  Them Have A Licence
    So They Can Broadcast Their Breeze Station Here In The Royal Forest Of Dean As Well As Bristol And Bath And Somerset Wright Now The Breeze Would Be A Good Station For The Royal Forest Of Dean

  • Davewiggywiggins003

    I Just See The Breeze Bridgewater And Somerset WebPage 
    And Mark Walker Weekdays MidMorning Show What Is Broadcast On The Breeze In Southampton And On Wiltshire Breeze And Bath Breeze And Bristol Breeze From Ten Am Till 3pm Is Not Going To Be Broadcast On The Breeze Bridge Water And Somerset Breeze The Breeze BridgeWaterAnd Somerset Got This Presenter Steve Reed Doing The MidMorning Show Live From Ten Am Till 3Pm