Ofcom has started a consultation following a request from Blast 106 in Belfast to change the key commitments of its programmes.
The community radio station wants to make changes under the headings ‘programming’, ‘social gain objectives’ and ‘accountability to the target community’. They mainly include dropping daytime speech commitment and specialist programme changes. The station says students want to hear more background music whilst studying during the day ‘rather than intensive speech which is not conducive to concentration and study’.
Blast 106 also wants to remove the provisions to have different levels of membership and the provision to allow differentiation of membership based on the payment of a fee.
The overall sound of the station will remain the same: “We are not proposing changes that would narrow the range of programmes as Blast 106 will continue to be the only Student and Youth Radio Station for which the programmes are made by students and young people themselves and therefore continue to reflect their tastes.”
The consultation closes on 16 January 2015.