DCMS Community Radio Consultation: response form

Thank you for taking the time to inform the CMA’s response to the DCMS Community Radio Consultation, issued in February 2014. We would appreciate it if you would copy your response to this important consultation into the below form and submit it to us.

Before responding, it is essential that you read the original consultation document, available in various formats on the DCMS web site. You can also see our news item on the consultation for further information.

If you do not wish to use the contact form, you may also attach your response to an email and send it directly to info@commedia.org.uk.

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Question 1 – Do you agree that the restriction on community radio, whose coverage areas overlap with commercial radio licence areas with fewer than 150,000 adults in their measured coverage area, should be removed. If you disagree with this statement please substantiate with details from any available source.

Question 2 – If the funding restrictions on advertising were to be reduced ought the requirement on Ofcom to look at potential economic impact need also to be reviewed. We welcome your views on this.

Question 3 – Should there be a relaxation of the restriction preventing stations from taking more than 50% of their income from advertising and sponsorship. If your answer to this question is yes, then what should the new restriction be. How should it be determined. For example, set in regulation or set by Ofcom following consultation and reviewing periodically.

Question 4 – Of the two options noted above which do you support, and why. Include reasons why you dismiss the alternative option. We invite you to provide details on other approaches for consideration.

Question 5 – What way/s could a Fixed Revenue Allowance be fairly determined if this was to be set by Ofcom. Should this be set by Ofcom. What facts would Ofcom need to take into account in setting an appropriate level of allowance.

Question 6 – Would you support a further 5 year extension of a licence beyond the second 5 year period. If you do not agree, please provide reasons why this should not happen.

Question 7 – How can Community Radio Fund grant funding be better used.

Any further comments you wish to submit to the CMA in order to inform our organisation's response to this consultation:

You can attach any supporting documents or your original response here, if required:

Updated by Andy King on 14 February 2014.