Ofcom report on Future of Radio postponed

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Media regulator Ofcom’s report on the Future of Radio, which was due out this month, has now been delayed until the “back end” of 2007.

MediaGuardian said the volume of feedback received by Ofcom was the result in the publication being postponed. The regulator said it had received more than 140 responses to its consultation document, which was published in April this year.

The proposals will play a key role in the future regulation of the industry, including ownership rules, the provision of locally produced programming, and the possible switch-off of the analogue radio signal.

Ofcom has opened the door to further deregulation, but commercial radio bosses have said the proposals do not go far enough.

An Ofcom spokeswoman said: “Ofcom intends to publish its statement on the future of radio before the end of the year.

“Ofcom received over 140 responses to its consultation earlier this year. Extra time has been required to give due consideration to the high volume of responses.”

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