Northern Ireland's Radio

By Josh Lincoln
Posted 4 January 2015, 9.28am est

Well, now saving Q plss, apart from that I'm aware of merely a couple there, being drive (Ld) and City Beat in Belfast. Most or even all those are essentially musical, let alone some news incuts in some.
Who knows more? And are there any local/community stations worth mentioning? Are the regulations for such perhaps different there from Britain's?


5 years ago

For the starters, there's a question about this Q thing.
Is it that its broadcast is absolutely identical for all its 5 or 6 stations? I mean the music playlists seem the same, I guess so are the newsreels... If there were talkie programmes there, I'd undertake a comparison - but what difference do "local ads" make? So is it just a practically one single station with a bunch of transmitters dotting the counties or what?

5 years ago

Yes, it has become a network of a group of stations that formerly had their own identities and programming. The only difference, apart from the local adverts, is that they also have their own unique mid-morning shows.

5 years ago

Thanks, Art, I might want to tune in then. Weekdays?

Well, there's also a 'student radio' in Belfast - Queen's Radio, haven't "soundchecked" it yet:)

4 years, 11 months ago

Radio in northern Ireland is back in the dark ages its not like the rest of the UK as it has more choice and variety especially on DAB.

4 years, 11 months ago

Picked up a Bangor Community Radio (not bad), and it looked like there are some more local broadcasters there around the Loch.
Q don't usually sound bad, still they're all the same basically, and any local content seems appearing only occasionally or of a specialised partical nature - like weather/traffic.

4 years, 8 months ago

Some news.

Blast 106 has been refused a ‘Format’ change by Ofcom just months after the station took the regulator to court.

The student station, which holds a community radio licence, requested to change a number of its programming commitments, social gain objectives and accountability to the target community commitments.

The station said students want to hear more background music whilst studying during the day ‘rather than intensive speech which is not conducive to concentration and study’.

A public consultation was launched, and 77 responses were received, of which 72 were in favour of the change and five opposed. Ofcom said the proposed changes would reduce the amount of material of appeal to students, meaning students may be less likely to engage with the station .

Ofcom consulted on the request and concluded the cumulative effect of the changes was likely to substantially alter Blast 106’s character of service.

Less than 12 months ago Ofcom decided not to renew Blast’s licence after finding it in breach of its Key Commitments. But the station’s legal team launched an emergency judicial review challenge, claiming procedural unfairness over a failure to properly consider requests for an oral hearing before Ofcom reached a final decision.

Lawyers for Blast 106 also said that the regulator had not monitored its output over enough time to gain a balanced picture on speech and music content.

Blast then submitted a Key Commitments change request, proposing to drop daytime speech commitment and some specialist programmes.

What do you think?
Do you think students should be a priority? But shouldn't the station lose its CR license then?

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