House of Commons
SUPPORTING NEWS ON LOCAL COMMERCIAL RADIO
Tabled 03 September 2019
This is an amendment to an existing motion
Motion originally tabled by Steve McCabe on 02 July 2019
This is amendment number 1
"Line 5, delete from "age;" to end and insert " is concerned that the revised localness guidelines published by Ofcom will allow less local content and the creation of a backdoor national radio stations at the expense of local radio; understands that the guidelines are meant to protect the provision of local news and information provided by local journalists, but in allowing non-locally based news broadcast, removing weekend content requirements, content will be reduced; welcomes the fact that this commitment to local news will be backed up by regulation and will continue to be enforced by Ofcom; and believes that these changes should be restricted, and that new national and regional radio stations should be permitted to be introduced and local radio stations should be restricted to greater local content.""
Original Motion Text
That this House recognises the important role of commercial radio as a trusted source of news, information and entertainment for a diverse range of audiences across the UK; understands that radio now operates in a highly competitive digital audio market that includes streaming services which threaten the future viability of UK radio; appreciates the recognition by MPs, Government and Ofcom that radio needs to be able to adapt to compete effectively in a digital age; welcomes the revised localness guidelines published by Ofcom following widespread consultation with parliamentarians and the public; further understands that the guidelines explicitly protect the provision of local news and information provided by local journalists, so that this remains a key element of local commercial radio output; further welcomes the fact that this commitment to local news will be backed up by regulation and continue to be enforced by Ofcom; and believes that these changes will help to protect a crucial element of local commercial radio output while enabling it to invest further in the best possible range of services for audiences.