Eagle wants to change format to Christian
Eagle Extra, the AM service covering Surrey and North East Hampshire, has requested a format change to allow it to re-broadcast Premier Christian Radio.
The UKRD station wants to change its Character of Service from a local music and information station to a full service of speech and music which reflects the Christian faith.
Eagle management have also requested a change to its licence that would mean it no longer needed to produce programmes locally or deliver local news at peak times.
Premier Christian Radio is already heard around London on three frequencies 1305, 1332 and 1413 MW plus national DAB. They have five transmitters in three locations: 1305 from Chingford (north) and Ewell (south), 1413 from Heathrow (west) and Dartford (east), and 1332 from Bow (central London).
Eagle Extra recently celebrated 12 months on-air at 1566MW after changing from County Sound and promised extra community programming in the evenings and at weekends.
Existing Character of Service:
A LOCAL MUSIC AND INFORMATION STATION FOR ADULTS. DAYTIME MUSIC WILL FEATURE MELODIC HITS FROM THE LAST FIVE DECADES. COMMUNITY PROGRAMMING WILL FEATURE IN THE EVENINGS AND AT WEEKENDS. EVENINGS AND WEEKENDS MAY ALSO INCLUDE SPECIALIST MUSIC SHOWS.
Proposed new Character of Service:
A FULL SERVICE OF SPEECH AND MUSIC WHICH REFLECTS AND PROCLAIMS THE WORSHIP, THOUGHT AND ACTION OF THE CHRISTIAN FAITH
A consultation document is published on Ofcom’s website. Responses should be received by Ofcom by 5pm on 13 October 2014.