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Radio: A Sound Salvation?

A new report published by Radiocentre is calling on the Government to make changes to secure the future of British local radio.

Action Stations: The public value of commercial radio’ highlights the local importance of commercial stations across the UK and was launched in the House of Commons yesterday.

The report claims that commercial radio stations on average broadcast more than 13 hours of public service content each week, raise over £25 million for charity and support live music and emerging artists.

There are concerns that current rulings over formats and production quotas could threaten commercial radio output, with the Government planning on consulting on changes before the end of the year.

Chief Executive of Radiocentre Siobhan Kenny said: “Action Stations details the many ways in which commercial radio is the lifeblood of communities, cities, towns and villages across the country. We look forward to working with Government on the upcoming consultation to make sure that this value is not put at risk”.

Minister of State for Digital and Culture Matt Hancock MP added “Radio remains as popular as ever and a strong commercial radio sector is central to this continuing success. These services provide a fantastic range of choice and a public service contribution that is documented in detail in this latest report from Radiocentre”.

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