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Radio Scilly backed by Ofcom in council dispute

By James Cridland for media.info
Posted 6 October 2014, 7.27am edt

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Radio Scilly, the community station for the Isles of Scilly off the coast of Cornwall, has had a complaint against it rejected by Ofcom.

A news report on the station had included an allegation by Mr Bryce Wilby that the Council had deliberately witheld a copy of a report which had been commissioned to investigate a series of complaints made about the Council by Mr Wilby.

The council complained that it was not given an appropriate and timely opportunity to respond to the allegation. Ofcom noted that Radio Scilly had made efforts to hear from the Council and was justified to include the news story even though the Council failed to respond. Additionally, the station had made clear that it was waiting for a response from the Council.

Ofcom did not uphold the complaint.

Radio Scilly was launched in 2007, and broadcasts to just 2,100 people.

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