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    My name is Mike Cooper. I'm a full time Voiceover Artist living and working in London, and this is my blog. Find out more about me on my main website (there's a link further down this column), or if you'd like to hear some of my work, check out the files below.

Local Radio in the UK in 2008

Posted by MikeCooper on December 16, 2008

A friend who is a commercial radio presenter has just sent me this amusing clip. It’s from a BBC Radio 4 programme called “Listen Against” (the title being a play on the BBC’s “Listen Again” service for radio, and the whole of which should still be available on the BBC’s iPlayer service here – if you’re quick!)

Some background, if you’re outside the UK or don’t follow the commercial sector particularly… When ILR (Independent Local Radio) started in this country, in 1973, all kinds of rules were in place about local programming, studio quality, and so on. As time has gone on, “Independent Radio” has succumbed to market pressures, changes in regulation and “Commercial Radio” seems somehow more fitting. Stations have bought each other out and there are now only a couple of big groups left, which own everything.

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One Response to “Local Radio in the UK in 2008”

  1. Jeff said

    The state of local radio is even worse in the US … Clear Channel has conquered all. They occasionally get in terrible trouble when their “local” radio stations completely fail to announce local emergencies, e.g. tornadoes, flash flooding, forest fire evacuation orders, etc.

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