Radio: Licensing

Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport written question – answered on 26th June 2018.

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Photo of Ben Lake Ben Lake Plaid Cymru, Ceredigion

To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of revising sections 104 and 105 of the Broadcasting Act 1990 to enable Ofcom to have regard to a Welsh language criteria when awarding local commercial radio licences.

Photo of Margot James Margot James The Minister of State, Department for Culture, Media and Sport

We are committed to reducing the burdens on commercial radio and will introduce legislation reform the existing licensing system when Parliamentary time allows. We do not believe that changes to enable Ofcom to have regard to a Welsh language criteria in awarding licenses, something that could significantly increase the regulatory burdens on commercial radio operators in Wales, is the right approach. The government welcomes the recent decision to launch a BBC Cymru 2 service on digital radio that operates along side the community radio services that carry Welsh language services in Wales.

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