The Labour leader, Jeremy Corbyn, has spoken of the importance of local radio during an interview with Blackpool station Radio Wave.
Talking to the Wireless Group station’s News Editor Andy Mitchell, Mr Corbyn said local radio provided an ‘incredibly valuable service’, which helps ‘keep communities together and improve the lives of everybody’.
He was asked whether he supported new legislation that would allow local stations such as Radio Wave to apply for digital radio licences.
Mr Corbyn said: “Yes I would, because digital licensing is crucial. There has to be this wide variety of radio stations on offer. You do a great job – combination of music and talk and news and sport and all the things that are so important. And at their best, local radio stations do help to provide that sense of local identity and local community – and that we have to do.”
He added “Local radio stations across the country do provide an incredibly valuable service and they help keep communities together and improve the lives of everybody.”
You can watch the full interview below or click here to skip to the section on radio legislation.