Ofcom agrees Real Radio Scotland changes
Real Scotland has been granted a Format change, to provide extra Scottish news and features, but only if the takeover by Global Radio is agreed.
It’s a similar move made to that in Wales, where the group has proposed to include more local news subject to the Competition Commission allowing Global Radio to takeover the Real Radio station.
It is highly likely that both Real Radio Scotland and Real Radio Wales will be re-branded as Heart if Global Radio is given the green light.
The Competition Commission is currently investigating the takeover on competition grounds, but is obliged to take into account how the listeners are affected.
A Global Radio spokesperson told RadioToday: “These changes are all part of the process.”
With Global Radio offering more local content, including a nightly 20 minute news programme and a political editor to cover any upcoming changes in the country, it is making a strong statement that it wishes to keep hold of its new purchase.
Ofcom approved the change saying it would not substantially alter the character of the service but should regulatory clearance not be given, the current format will continue to be effective.