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Radio Services

Volume 504: debated on Monday 18 January 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what steps he is taking to promote the provision of local radio services. (310721)

We have proposed a number of regulatory changes in the Draft Digital Economy Bill and the draft Community Radio (Amendment) Order 2010, in particular in the regulation of localness, which will support the local radio sector by providing greater business certainty and the opportunity to reduce costs.

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what recent assessment his Department has made of the effects on commercial radio stations of community radio advertising and sponsorship. (310724)

While no specific assessment has been made of the effects on commercial radio stations of the advertising and sponsorship restrictions placed on community radio stations, it was examined in the context of the regulatory changes proposed in the impact assessment which accompanied the draft Community Radio (Amendment) Order 2010.