Hooper introduces strategic rethink at the Radio Authority

Richard Hooper, the new chair of the Radio Authority, has unveiled a number of initiatives to make the body more open and transparent.

Richard Hooper, the new chair of the Radio Authority, has unveiled

a number of initiatives to make the body more open and transparent.



The Authority plans to publish details of all its meetings on its

website and to introduce guides explaining its rulings. Its members will

also come under the spotlight through a register of interests, which

will detail the public shareholdings, directorships, partnerships and

any type of media-related employment of its members.



But the Authority is to relax the rules that restrict contact between

the organisation’s members and staff and licence applicants.



The measures are partly designed to reduce the risk of the Authority

being accused of malpractice.



The organisation came under fire last year when a former employee

accused it of corruption.



The Authority was cleared of the charges.