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Ofcom approves Chorley FM programme changes

A request to change Chorley FM’s Key Commitments has been agreed by Ofcom after a consultation.

Now, instead of just targeting young people aged 15-24; and the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community of Chorley, the station will target the population that live, work and study in Chorley, and include targeted content for the young people of Chorley (15-25 years of age) and the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.

In considering the changes, Ofcom was satisfied that Chorley FM will continue to have some specific focus on serving, involving and being accountable to, young people and the LGBT community (even though it would serve the broader population too).

Chorley FM was previously refused changes to its Key Commitments, but reapplied with fewer changes.

Ofcom is able to approve these changes because it was content that they satisfied at least one of the five criteria set out in the Broadcasting Act 1990. It also considered the request under its policy criteria and decided it was appropriate to agree to the proposed changes.

Ofcom took into account the expressions of support for the service received in response to the consultation. However, it also noted that there did not appear to be significant support for the proposed changes from persons comprising the current target community of young people and members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community.

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