Big changes for radio station after Ofcom warning

Chorley FM, Railway Road, Chorley.
Chorley FM, Railway Road, Chorley.
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A community radio station plans to broaden its audience after being warned by watchdogs.

Bosses at Chorley FM have submitted requests to Ofcom to change some of the station’s key commitments.

It comes after the broadcasting regulator found the station had breached the terms of its licence last year.

The station, which operates from Railway Road, Chorley, now wants to target the population that lives, works and studies in the town, as well as cutting the amount of live broadcasting. It is currently licensed to serve Chorley’s youth, aged 15-25 in targeted community safety areas, as well as the town’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and Transgender community.

Ofcom has put the requests out to consultation.

A spokesman from Chorley FM said: “Since we were found in technical breach of our licence last year we have worked closely with Ofcom over a number of months to provide a workable strategy for the future. The proposed changes, if approved, will allow us to continue providing this all inclusive service without fear of being found technically in breach of our broadcast licence,

“We recognise that it’s impossible to please everyone, but we have been overwhelmed with support so far.”