Ofcom Community Invitations

By Josh Lincoln
Posted 9 September 2015, 7.39am edt

What do you think about this? An MP suggests more options should be present for CR stations to apply.
How do you see this?


4 years, 3 months ago

Oops, how do I edit the OP? No way?

Ofcom application process challenged by MP

Amanda Milling MP, Cannock Chase, Conservative, speaking at Westminster Hall, suggested Ofcom could invite applications from stations with special circumstances at any time along side the current rounds.

She was speaking for Cannock Radio which was created last year after the regional round for the West Midlands closed.

The MP also mentioned a possible Apply On Demand system but admits this would take more resources but with a premium fee attached to it to cover any additional staff which would be required.

4 years, 3 months ago

Unless her Tory partners in Government want to give more resources to Ofcom to handle a nationwide round of applications, it's a non-starter.

Incidentally I wish Ms Milling would have the same passion for people in dire straits with welfare/housing issues by this government or the refugee crisis.

3 years, 9 months ago

Let's make this thread OfCom General, will we?

There are deregulation propositions: "removing local studios"?
What do you think of all that - if any?

3 years, 9 months ago

Ofcom also found that where local news programmes are made is of less concern to listeners than their quality and local relevance.

Siobhan Kenny, CEO of Radiocentre says: “We welcome Ofcom’s report to DCMS and look forward to the next phase of consultation when the Government brings forward detailed proposals. This initial phase of thinking lays the ground work for developing a sensible regulatory framework allowing commercial radio to continue to compete and thrive in future.”

3 years, 8 months ago

I'm of the opinion that it doesn't matter where local content comes from. It's what's IN the content that matters.

I'll take a locally focused show from a regional hub over a show from the TSA with no local content every time.

3 years, 8 months ago

James, is this it?

Total Survey Area

The area within which a station’s audience is measured. This is defined by the station using postcode districts as building blocks.

3 years, 8 months ago

Yes, that's it - the US calls them DMA's. (Not yet discovered what Australia calls them, but given all Australian stations in each city use the same survey area, it probably doesn't matter.)

You'll find you get better responses by starting a new topic, incidentally, rather than reheating old ones with slightly different content. ;)

3 years, 8 months ago

Perhaps you're right, James. The thing is I personally believe in generalisation.:D

3 years, 8 months ago

I really want to launch one in my hometown but I wouldn't know where to start....

3 years, 8 months ago

Two ways forward I can see:

  1. LPFM light-touch like in America, but instead of 100w it might be say 1w because we are much more densely populated that US. Some may laugh, but 1w is more than enough to cover a village like mine that is forgotten and under-provided with media. It might open the door to a new tier of low-cost broadcasters who might then step up through the tiers. An automated system (like the FCC's in US) could determine frequencies and locations where 1w would not cause problems. Admittedly it might need some positivity from the likes of PRS. PLL.
  2. To avoid the "we're too busy" mantra, what about increasing productivity like the rest of us mere non-governmental types are constantly expected to do? "We're too busy" is not a solution in most walks of life.

I suggest:-

a) Working "smarter" like the rest of industry. I'm not being critical, but from what I heard of Ofcom's FM planning process, it seemed very manual and inefficient compared to what could be possible from my experience of planing 96,000 transmitters in a dynamic growing network. Maybe a "Rolls Royce" manual process could be replaced by an automated process that is 99% as good? I'm more than willing to consult on that.


b)Outsourcing - which seems to be effective in many other domains.

Health alert - Associated Broadcast Consultants are expert in delivering similar skills to Ofcom planning teams and would be happy to quote for an outsourcing contract!

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