Penistone FM in breach for not enough speech
Community radio station Penistone FM has been found in breach of its Key Commitments for not broadcasting enough speech.
The South Yorkshire station should be providing 70% music and 30% speech during the day but during recent monitoring, Ofcom found Penistone FM’s level of speech significantly below the 30%.
The monitoring came after a complaint was made against the station saying it was failing to deliver a number of its Key Commitments, specifically around social gain and programming.
The Licensee said that it had previously believed that its requirement for 30% speech during daytime was only applicable to the hours of output that were broadcast live but has now put together a plan to increase the speech output. It also said some presenters were not present on the monitoring day, meaning normal programming was not provided.
Ofcom said: “We are putting the Licensee on notice that, should similar issues arise in future, we may consider taking further regulatory action.”