Ofcom has approved a request by London AM station Spectrum Radio to become a 24-hour speech service, dropping its current requirement to play music.
Spectrum Radio Limited had asked the regulator to change its character of service, removing the reference to ‘ethnic minority communities’ in London and creating a focus on “business and finance, sport, entertainment, current affairs and essential information”.
Previously it was defined as:
A SPECIAL SPEECH, NEWS AND MUSIC STATION AIMED AT A MINIMUM OF SIX DIFFERENT, VARIED ETHNIC MINORITY COMMUNITIES IN LONDON, WHOSE FAMILY ORIGINS LIE OUTSIDE BRITAIN.
But the new format will refer to Spectrum as:
A BROAD-BASED 24-HOUR SPEECH SERVICE FOR LONDONERS OF ALL BACKGROUNDS AND ORIGINS, FOCUSSING ON BUSINESS AND FINANCE, SPORT, ENTERTAINMENT, CURRENT AFFAIRS AND ESSENTIAL INFORMATION.
Spectrum Radio originally launched in June 1990 and has a Measured Coverage Area of 10m adults, broadcasting on 558kHz medium wave as well as on DAB.