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Markymark6,230 posts since 13 Dec 2004
Meridian (North) South Today


These days of course the only sign of anything "local" about independent commercial radio is news at the top of the hour, the adverts,


Which, by the way Global wants to count as 'local content'.

Commercial radio started to wither, the day the IBA ended, and a lighter touch regulation started with the Radio Aulthority.



I would argue the first sign of change was 30 years ago, and the abolition of needletime restrictions. Up until then stations had lots of airtime to fill and they couldn’t play unlimited ‘normal’ tracks. Stations like Capital and Beacon played ecclectic stuff, live recordings and imports not subject to NT. Suddenly overnight the stations could ( and did) pump out the Top 30 24/7.

We’ve actually been without original ILR for twice as long as we actually had it now !
Andrew13,332 posts since 27 Mar 2001
Yorkshire Look North (Yorkshire)
There is absolutely no link to ITV, so I think we can scrap that bit.

It was always going to be on the cards with Global once Ofcom allowed National Breakfast shows on so called local stations.

If anything this has more of a effect to the BBC, as both Radio 1 and 2 will now be competing with national radio breakfast shows on FM, and in due course they will be recruiting big names to front those shows.

I can’t see it going down well in some areas, Adam and especially JoJo have been doing Capital Yorkshire Breakfast for years and the blend of Yorkshire humour is popular with listeners. I imagine the same applies in other areas.
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London Lite9,990 posts since 4 Jan 2003
London London

If anything this has more of a effect to the BBC, as both Radio 1 and 2 will now be competing with national radio breakfast shows on FM, and in due course they will be recruiting big names to front those shows.


And that's the crux of it. Commercial radio has always been at a disadvantage as they haven't been able to attract the big names in their prime or when they do, can only broadcast to the London area as Capital did in the 70s and 80s with the likes of Kenny Everett and Michael Aspel.

It evens out the playing field more equally between commercial operators and the BBC.
FraserGJ59 posts since 18 Mar 2005
HTV Wales Wales Today
Now bring covered by BBC News:
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-47371616

The article includes the following link with specifics of the changes for each station on the ofcom website (no dates though):
https://www.ofcom.org.uk/manage-your-licence/radio-broadcast-licensing/amend/format-changes-2019

As a local Heart breakfast listener, really sad news - I think I'll be jumping ship when the change occurs.
kernow1,115 posts since 18 Jan 2006
As a local Heart breakfast listener, really sad news - I think I'll be jumping ship when the change occurs.


I used to be a regular listener to what was 2-Ten FM, but stopped listening once the rebrand to Heart occurred.

Since then I've always tried to only listen to proper regional stations.
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Jon7,416 posts since 11 Apr 2005
Central (West) Midlands Today
As a local Heart breakfast listener, really sad news - I think I'll be jumping ship when the change occurs.


I used to be a regular listener to what was 2-Ten FM, but stopped listening once the rebrand to Heart occurred.

Since then I've always tried to only listen to proper regional stations.


As a local Heart breakfast listener, really sad news - I think I'll be jumping ship when the change occurs.


I used to be a regular listener to what was 2-Ten FM, but stopped listening once the rebrand to Heart occurred.

Since then I've always tried to only listen to proper regional stations.

Well apart from the BBC there won’t be any left.
kernow1,115 posts since 18 Jan 2006
As a local Heart breakfast listener, really sad news - I think I'll be jumping ship when the change occurs.


I used to be a regular listener to what was 2-Ten FM, but stopped listening once the rebrand to Heart occurred.

Since then I've always tried to only listen to proper regional stations.

Well apart from the BBC there won’t be any left.

There's plenty where I live (Hampshire), including Wave 105, The Breeze, Kennet Radio and Andover Radio.
dvboy9,606 posts since 11 Jan 2003
Central (West) Midlands Today
Good thing Birmingham's remaining but yeah, it's the end of an era for Heart.
Millions of job losses including Ed and Rachel who present the breakfast show here in my area. Such a shame...


It's been Ed and Gemma for two years.

Anyway, people who listen to Heart in the car on the way to work will still listen to Heart in the car on the way to work, regardless of who is presenting.
james-20014,310 posts since 13 Sep 2015 Recently warned
Central (East) East Midlands Today
BBC Local Radio is often piss poor though.

I often think of an Ashens video from a few years ago, where he was reviewing some miniture FM radios and telling us what he could hear and when he got to Radio Norfolk he said something like "bloody hell, it's an old man ranting about the state of the BBC toilets", and I've always felt that sums up the state of BBC local radio.
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Jon7,416 posts since 11 Apr 2005
Central (West) Midlands Today

I used to be a regular listener to what was 2-Ten FM, but stopped listening once the rebrand to Heart occurred.

Since then I've always tried to only listen to proper regional stations.

Well apart from the BBC there won’t be any left.

There's plenty where I live (Hampshire), including Wave 105, The Breeze, Kennet Radio and Andover Radio.

Well there first two are Bauer so expect the same thing to happen to those two stations.
Jon7,416 posts since 11 Apr 2005
Central (West) Midlands Today
BBC Local Radio is often piss poor though.

I often think of an Ashens video from a few years ago, where he was reviewing some miniture FM radios and telling us what he could hear and when he got to Radio Norfolk he said something like "bloody hell, it's a man ranting about the state of the BBC toilets", and I've always felt that sums up the state of BBC local radio.

You sure it wasn’t North Norfolk Digital?
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dvboy9,606 posts since 11 Jan 2003
Central (West) Midlands Today
Well apart from the BBC there won’t be any left.

There's plenty where I live (Hampshire), including Wave 105, The Breeze, Kennet Radio and Andover Radio.

Well there first two are Bauer so expect the same thing to happen to those two stations.

Bauer seem to be a bit more cautious with the rebranding so i would expect the names at least to stick around for a while. They've introduced Hits Radio in all but name to Free Radio and the other stations but held back on changing the name with the exception of Key 103 in Manchester. It does mean we have the silly situation where we now have two stations on DAB with different names playing the exact same playlists but I suppose this has been the case on FM in various areas for years.