The Minister of State for Digital and Culture, The Right Honourable Matt Hancock MP, has pledged his support to Local Radio Day during a visit to Guildford.
Eagle Radio helped host his visit to the Surrey town on Monday March 13th, marking his first visit to a commercial radio station since taking his new role.
During his visit, the MP was interviewed by Eagle Radio and was asked about Local Radio Day, which is being held in May: “I think local radio is incredibly important. Power is being devolved to more local communities and holding that to account through high-quality local news is really important.
“If we in central Government give more powers to a council or group of councils, there need to be good local newshounds holding that to account. But also, people’s sense of place is as important as ever, and when local radio is embedded in a place there is an incredible value to that and people care about it.”
Peter Gordon, Eagle Radio’s Content Controller, said: “We were delighted to have the Minister visiting his first local commercial radio station since taking post and please that he gave his full support to Local Radio Day, which takes place on Friday May 26th. It was a pleasure to host the minister whilst touring the town and seeing some of the great cultural output which Guildford has to offer.”