Mike Toolan talks to RadioToday as he prepares to go national on the new Bauer station Hits Radio after 20 years on Key 103.
Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, Matt Hancock, has endorsed “Local Radio Day” and commended the initiative; which is now in its third year.
The Cabinet Reshuffle sees Matt Hancock MP become Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, replacing Karen Bradley MP who becomes Secretary of State for Northern Ireland.
The government says it will bring in new rules on commercial radio formats as soon as possible - meaning stations will be free to change their music format without Ofcom approval.
All local commercial radio stations in the UK could easily change music format and network 24/7 if new proposals by the government are approved.