Consultants The Radio People have launched another community radio survey.
The 2015 edition of the questionnaire is designed to obtain an independent snapshot of the community radio sector in the UK. It will be used to build up a picture of how community radio stations are faring, what resources they have available to them and most importantly, the support stations need for the future.
The Radio People’s David Duffy told RadioToday: “It’s eleven years since Ofcom first invited applications from communities that wanted to operate their own radio service. Since then over 200 stations have been licensed across the UK. But the economic landscape has changed dramatically since those early days and there has never been a more challenging time for community stations than now.”
Ofcom’s last Communication Market Report showed that the average income for a community radio station is continuing to fall. The median income now stands at just £33,250 per year and average expenditure continues to exceed income. In response to last year’s DCMS consultation, a number of regulatory changes were recommended including allowing all stations to receive £15,000 of advertising and sponsorship income before applying other financial restrictions.
The Radio People’s John Evington is inviting all the UK’s community radio stations to participate. “We want community radio managers to spare just 10 minutes of their time to complete the 18 questions in the survey. In return, they’ll receive a personal copy of the completed report.”
The questionnaire is now online at theradiopeople.co.uk/survey