Ofcom to investigate over 50 community radio stations

A quarter of all community radio stations are to be investigated by Ofcom about not sticking to their Key Commitments.
In community radio terms, the Key Commitments is the equivalent of a Format for commercial stations, but the content is written by the stations themselves when they apply for a licence.
The regulator says it has launched investigations at 53 stations as a result of issues raised in the relevant Community Radio Licensees’ Annual Reports, which keeps Ofcom informed of what each station is doing.
Bill Best, Operations Manager of the Community Media Association tells us: “A number of stations that we have counselled informed us that they had misunderstood the reporting form and checked the wrong box in error. Furthermore, it is possible that some stations have not offset volunteer hours against advertising and sponsorship, and might appear to be in breach of the 50% restriction. We urge all member stations to contact the CMA if they require assistance with the Annual Return. The CMA looks to Ofcom for further guidance on this matter which we will disseminate to the sector”.
Some stations publish their reports on their own website. One station, Cross Rhythms Teesside, does little to hide the truth about it not broadcasting any local content, not taking on any work placements, not training ayn volunteers and not broadcasting any live or original programming.
The station should be broadcasting at least 5 hours per day live and local but instead it appears it is just a relay of Cross Rhythms Stoke-on-Trent.
The full list of stations being investigated are:
Ummah FM Community Interest Company Ummah FM
Afro Caribbean Millennium Centre New Style Radio 98.7 FM
Alive Christian Media Limited Alive Radio
Angel Radio Limited Angel Radio Havant
Awaz FM Limited Awaz FM
B.R.F.M. Bridge Radio Limited BRFM (Bridge FM)
BFBS Aldershot Limited BFBS (Aldershot)
BFBS Catterick Limited BFBS (Catterick)
BFBS Edinburgh Limited BFBS (Edinburgh)
BFBS Salisbury Plain Limited BFBS (Salisbury Plain)
Big City Radio CIC Big City Radio
Bradford Community Broadcasting Limited BCB 106.6 FM
Canterbury Youth and Student Media Limited CSR 94.7 FM
Castledown Radio Limited Castledown Radio
Community Broadcast Initiative Tyneside Limited NE1FM
Corby FM Limited Corby Radio
Coventry & Warwickshire Media Community Limited (CWMC) Radio Plus
Crescent Community Radio Limited Crescent Radio
Down Community Radio Limited Down FM
Drive 105 (Community Radio) Limited Drive 105 FM
Eclectic Productions UK Reprezent 107.3 FM
Fantasy Radio Limited Fantasy Radio
Glastonbury FM Community Interest Company Glastonbury FM
Halton Community Radio Halton Community Radio (HCR)
Huntingdon Community Radio (Media) Limited HCRfm
In2beats In2beats FM
Ipswich Community Radio Ipswich Community Radio
Kane FM Limited Kane FM
Leisure FM Limited Leisure FM
Lionheart Radio & Media Community Interest Company Lionheart Radio
Lisburn Community Radio Limited Lisburn City Radio
Llandudno Community Radio Limited Tudno FM
Mearns Community Radio Limited Mearns FM
Meridian FM Radio Meridian FM 107
Radio Asian Fever CIC Radio Asian Fever
Radio Fiza Limited Radio Faza 97.1 FM
Radio Ikhlas Limited Radio Ikhlas
Radio Winchcombe Limited Radio Winchcombe
Shine FM Shine FM
Sittingbourne Community Radio Limited SFM
Soundart Radio Limited Soundart Radio 102.5 FM
Speysound Radio Limited Speysound Radio
Sunny Govan Community Media Group Sunny Govan Radio
Tees Valley Christian Media Cross Rhythms Teesside
The Vibe Watford Limited Vibe 107.6 FM
Tulip Radio Limited Tulip Radio
Uckfield Community Radio Limited Uckfield FM
Ujima Radio CIC Ujima Radio
Verulam Community Radio Limited Radio Verulam
Voice of Africa Radio Voice of Africa Radio
West Hull Community Radio Limited West Hull Community Radio
Wirral Christian Media Limited Flame CCR
Wythenshawe Community Media Wythenshawe FM
Ofcom will inform us in due course if any of the investigations find any of the 53  stations in breach of their Key Commitments.

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Posted on Monday, November 17th, 2014 at 1:03 pm by RadioToday UK

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