Ofcom has approved Key Commitments changes requested by Leeds based community station, Radio Asian Fever.
Radio Asian Fever, as set out in its Key Commitments, serves the South Asian communities of Leeds, broadcasting music and speech with a multi-lingual programme format, and a minimum of 15 hours of original output per day. It had requested changes to its Key Commitments that would allow the station to focus on spiritual and relevant music and religious and cultural speech programming during times of religious significance and cultural celebration.
Radio Asian Fever had also requested that the service will provide original output for a minimum of 91 hours per week (a reduction from the current 15 hours per day).
Ofcom accepted that the proposed changes may mean that the output of Radio Asian Fever may not appeal to some members of the South Asian community during periods of religious programming, we felt that, overall, the different types of programming broadcast across the year should not affect RAF’s ability to deliver social gain.
Ofcom agreed this Key Commitments change request because it was satisfied in relation to three of the statutory criteria, and because there were no policy reasons to object to it.