Format change approved for Isle of Wight
Isle of Wight Radio has been granted a Format change from Ofcom, allowing the station to reduce the amount of locally made hours.
Previously, the station was committed to at least 10 hours a day during daytime weekdays (must include breakfast) and at least four hours daytime Saturdays and Sundays.
Now the station has a Format more in-line with other stations of its size, with commitment for only seven hours local per weekday.
The station says new Format will give them a degree of flexibility when operationally it is needed, but it is intended to carry on providing more than seven hours of locally made programmes each weekday.
Paul Topping, Programme Director tells RadioToday.co.uk: “We are keeping all of our localness, including our 2 daily extended news programmes and local news bulletins from 6.30am to 9pm and we have more live, local coverage than ever before lined up.
“This year we are the official media partners of many more local events, big and small including The Isle of Wight Festival, Bestival and Isle of Wight gigs with Little Mix and Tom Jones. We have just launched our brand new news and programming website that allows for even more local listeners interaction.”