CMA wants more support from prospective MPs

The Community Media Association is calling on its members, their friends and family, and the wider public to ask for more support and recognition for community radio from prospective MPs.

The announcement comes ahead of the deadline for all prospective candidates to submit their nomination for the upcoming General Election.

The CMA highlights three possible initiatives that will benefit current and aspiring community radio stations:

1. To call for a substantial increase in the Community Radio Fund to better meet the needs of current community radio stations and to support the new digital community radio stations to be licensed from next year.

2. To support a commitment from central and local Government to recognise that community radio is a low-cost and effective medium for reaching underserved communities and to direct a proportion of government advertising to community radio stations.

3. To commit to supporting a call to DCMS and Ofcom that community radio continues to be licensed on FM spectrum in parallel with the future rollout of licences on the new Small Scale DAB platform.

The Community Radio Fund, established by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) and administered by Ofcom, has remained static at £400,000 for many years whilst the number of potential beneficiaries has grown significantly to nearly 300 stations.

Ofcom’s 2019 Communications Market Report shows that average income for community radio stations has fallen for another consecutive year to circa £49,000.

The CMA says Community Radio reaches underserved communities and should therefore be considered as a platform to carry local and national public service announcements.

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2 Comments
  1. Abi says

    I agree that the Community Radio Fund should have increased over the years commensurate with the number of stations licensed – it’s ridiculous that it’s stayed the same.

    I’m not sure, however, that the CMA are the right people for the gig any more. They’ve been making the same calls for many years to no avail. I know we’ve not had the greatest governments over recent years, but it feels like other than small-scale DAB and some minor changes to funding arrangements (over five years ago!) not a lot has been achieved.

  2. Chris says

    As a.member of.cma we feel a.lot has.been achieved in the last.year
    There always.be someone unhappy
    Well.done cma

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