Licence is breached at community radio station

LICENCED BREACHED: Community run radio station Chorley FM
LICENCED BREACHED: Community run radio station Chorley FM
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A community radio station has been found in breach of its licence by a watchdog governing body.

Chorley FM, which is run by volunteers, has been told that it is not meeting its key commitments by Ofcom.

Ofcom, which regulates the television and radio sectors, monitored output from the radio station for three days in January after receiving two complaints.

The regulator found that on one of the days the station was heavily automated and there was no speech throughout the daytime.

It also found that there was no material that was specific or relevant to the audience of young people.

A listener of Chorley FM contacted the Guardian and said: “I’ve listened before and often things are prerecorded.

“One week later you hear the same thing and it’s out of date it went on for quite a while and it was unprofessional.

“I tried to contact the studio but I can never get an answer, in fact when I do get an answer it’s a surprise somebody is in the studio.”

The station is licensed to serve Chorley’s youth aged between 15-25 in targeted community safety areas and Chorley’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Community.

A spokesperson from Chorley FM said: “As a community radio station, we take our responsibility to meet the expectations set out in our license very seriously, and the recent communications with our regulator have highlighted a number of areas of differing interpretations of the terms of our commitments.

“This is in part due to the general changes in local needs over the course of our eight years since we were awarded our full time licence.”