The super-regulator last week announced its public consultation on how the stations would be set up and run, while the Department for Culture, Media and Sport is consulting on the legal framework for Ofcom’s regulation of the new sector. Both consultations end on 20 April.
Ofcom has put its consultation document on its website and is inviting input from key stakeholders in commercial radio and the wider population. It focuses on availability of frequencies, the licensing process, impact on commercial radio, regulation and funding.
The stations are intended to be not-for-profit and primarily for social gain, providing communities with the opportunity to participate in broadcasting within a 5km radius, said Ofcom comms manager Julie McCatty.