Potential format change for Real Wales
Real Radio Wales has proposed a Format change to include more Welsh news, to address any potential plurality issues.
Global’s former Group Finance Controller, now Real and Smooth Radio Chief Operating Officer Colin Everitt has put forward options for the Welsh station, should problems with the takeover of GMG Radio by Global Radio arise.
The new Format, which would only be implemented if the Secretary of State Maria Miller foresees issues, includes Real Radio Wales producing a daily 20 minute news programme, having a dedicated news editor, a Welsh Political Editor principally based at the Welsh Assembly and at least one news reporter principally based within the North and Mid Wales licensed area.
However, should takeover clearance not be granted, Real Radio Wales’ current Format will continue to be effective.
The main concern of some industry owners, including Bauer Media’s chief executive Paul Keenan, was the potential reduction in news provision. Real Radio appears to be pro-active in fixing any issues before they arise.
As reported earlier exclusively by RadioToday.co.uk, a report on plurality by Ofcom, and competition issues by the OFT is expected to be made public before the end of next week.