Following the closure of Oak FM, Touch FM Staffordshire has received permission from Ofcom to move studios to Kenilworth in Warwickshire.
Until now, Touch has shared studio space with Oak in Coalville, even though the two areas are not part of Ofcom’s ‘approved areas’ list.
Touch FM owners Quidem sold Oak a year ago but continued the co-location arrangement, but now has to join Rugby FM and other Touch stations in Kenilworth, or move back to its TSA.
Touch FM Staffordshire has to continue providing at least seven hours per weekday of local programmes.
The regulator approved the change to the Format, saying it was “satisfied that there were no policy reasons to reject this change, as the request is consistent with our policy on co-location within “approved areas”, as set out in our Format change guidance. In line with this policy, Ofcom was satisfied that Touch FM (South East Staffordshire) will continue to meet its licence obligations to provide local material relevant to the listeners in its licensed area of South East Staffordshire.”
Touch FM started life as Centre FM on 6 June 1998 and was owned by CN Group before Quidem bought it in 2006.