Originally published at: https://decentered.co.uk/decentered-media-podcast-135-media-bill-and-community-radio-consultation/
In this episode, I outline some thoughts about the Media Bill and the danger that it will lead to a homogenisation and centralisation of radio, that will eliminate any remaining local radio stations. I argue that there should be complete separation of content provision between DAB and AM and FM, so that simulcasting is no longer allowed, and the market is opened up so that local independent and community providers can establish services on FM and AM.
I also cover the consultation on the future of analogue community radio, and note that social gain is the primary concern for community media, and that commercial alternatives will come available if the deregulation proposed in the Media Bill comes into force.
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