Ofcom has granted Radio Plymouth a change to its Format, halving the amount of local programming hours required.
The independent station is currently required to have at least 18 hours per weekday made locally, 10 of those live. The Format also insisted on news at least hourly during weekday daytime, and at peak time weekends, with 10-minute extended bulletins featuring local news weekday lunchtime and evening.
Radio Plymouth tells RadioToday it is simply bringing its programming format into line with the majority of other local stations, which offers an enhanced news service in return for just seven hours a day be made locally. The new Format has removed the previous obligation to provide a 10 minute extended news bulletin at lunchtime and evenings.
But Managing Director Tim Manns told us nothing will change: “We do not have any plans for any networked programming and nothing will change in the short or long term.”
Ofcom approved the request saying that the departure would not substantially alter the character of the service.