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.