UKRD welcomes Radio Centre “no enforced switch over” call

UKRD Group Limited

2:29pm 9th July 2015

UKRD’s CEO, William Rogers, has welcomed the recent announcement contained in Radio Centre’s new policy document urging that there be no “enforced” switchover of local commercial radio stations to DAB.

“We’ve been banging on about this for years, sometimes in the teeth of opposition from some within Radio Centre, and so I’m delighted that, at last, we’ve got clarity on the trade body’s considered position as well as its endorsement of the position we have been advocating since 2002,” said Rogers.

A fierce critic of the proposed enforced switch-over plans for local commercial radio stations, leading ultimately to UKRD’s resignation from Radio Centre in protest four years ago, Rogers told Radio Today, “this is a major improvement on the previously ill-considered position and we are delighted that there is now likely to be a sensible debate about this going forward. The concerns of genuinely local commercial stations were disregarded for too long and I view this as a welcome and important move towards a common sense position, taking into account the practical business and commercial realities we all have to manage.”

“I hope that this is the beginning of a genuine attempt to garner and consolidate the views of the whole industry and make something of a more concerted effort to deliver a common and universally supported position for local commercial radio and the wider sector in all areas of policy.”

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