Yellow card for Star Bristol
Radio regulator Ofcom has issued a “yellow card” to UKRD’s Star Radio station in Bristol in its Content Sampling Report of the station.
The body, which monitored output during four days in the middle of July, particularly criticised the lack of neighbourhood and community focused output, as well as lack of provision for Bristol’s multicultural communities.
Ofcom also voiced some reservations about Star’s music output, stating that “the general music programming can only be described as soulful in the broadest terms”.
However, praise was given to youth-targeted news slot “The Source”, coverage of local events such as the Ashton Court Festival and the committee wrote that “the station?s 20% speech limit is easily achieved and surpassed through regular news, traffic and travel items”.
Meanwhile, a separate report was published on the output of Reading 107. The committee found that Reading was operating within its format, praising the station’s comprehensive news coverage and broad musical range. However, there was some concern that programmes of interest to local ethnic communities were not heard during the early July sampling period.