Local Broadcasting: Coronavirus

Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport written question – answered on 29th April 2020.

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Photo of Steven Baker Steven Baker Conservative, Wycombe

To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, if he will take steps to support community radio stations through the covid-19 outbreak; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of John Whittingdale John Whittingdale Minister of State

The Government is strongly supportive of the community radio sector and recognises the great value that it offers to communities across the United Kingdom, in terms of providing quality local news, information and entertainment.

We recognise the challenges that some community stations are facing due to Covid-19 and are currently holding discussions with Ofcom and the Community Media Association (CMA) on possible options to provide urgent support for those stations in greatest need.

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