Consolidation in the UK commercial radio sector: the impact on newsroom practice of recent changes in regulation, ownership and the local content requirement.

McDonald, K. and Starkey, G., 2016. Consolidation in the UK commercial radio sector: the impact on newsroom practice of recent changes in regulation, ownership and the local content requirement. The Radio Journal: International Studies in Broadcast and Audio Media, 14 (1), 123 - 135.

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DOI: 10.1386/rjao.14.1.123_1

Abstract

This article aims to explore the implications for local radio news in the UK commercial radio industry of a series of changes to the regulation of the sector since it was first established in the 1970s. A recent regulatory focus on product rather than process has enabled groups of stations to move not only programming production but also much news journalism out of the editorial areas it is intended to serve and into news ‘hubs’ intended to rationalize the process of news gathering and bulletin presentation and enable the groups to become increasingly profitable. The article considers a number of issues around the management of commercial radio groups in the United Kingdom, the development and, most recently, exploitation of the group ownership system of what mainly began as locally owned and locally operated radio stations, and the appropriateness of the current regulatory regime in the much altered media landscape of today. It uses original data derived from the ownership groups themselves to show the extent to which ‘hubs’ are routinely being used to increase profitability by making economies of scale, while also taking news journalism out of the editorial areas it is intended to cover.

Item Type:Article
ISSN:1476-4504
Uncontrolled Keywords:regulation; radio journalism; news; localness; local; news hub; bulletin
Subjects:UNSPECIFIED
Group:Media School
ID Code:23745
Deposited By: Unnamed user with email symplectic@symplectic
Deposited On:26 May 2016 10:19
Last Modified:26 May 2016 12:13

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