RadioCentre seeks Ofcom concessions

The RadioCentre has called on Ofcom to be bolder about tackling the problems that are facing the radio industry.

In a 70-page submission to the regulator, in response to its Future of Radio consultation, the commercial radio trade body has asked Ofcom to end ownership restrictions as well as demanding it sets a date for analogue switch-off.

Andrew Harrison, the RadioCentre chief executive, urged Ofcom to implement a deregulatory programme for commercial stations now, rather than waiting for the digital audience to increase.

He also asked for a new self-regulatory approach, and demanded a cross-industry working group led by Ofcom to plan when and how the radio industry should become fully or mainly digitalised.

At the heart of the submission were the results of a survey, The Big Listen, which polled 10,000 commercial radio listeners. Ninety-one per cent said that radio is an important part of their lives, while 88 per cent said that radio should be available on as many devices as possible.