Gem Radio and Capital East Midlands radio among the great British radio stations to be protected thanks to a new Bill in Parliament.
The Conservative Government has introduced the Media Bill, which guarantees viewers and listeners in Bassetlaw can still access quality British content on TV and radio as technology changes. This will mean people across Bassetlaw can continue to access and enjoy great British radio for generations to come.
Brendan Clarke-Smith has welcomed the boost for local stations such as Gem Radio broadcasting in Bassetlaw through the Conservative Government’s Media Bill.
Technology has revolutionised the way people enjoy British radio, with more and more people using smart speakers.
That is why this Conservative Government has introduced the Media Bill – ensuring audiences can more easily access and enjoy quality British radio content for generations to come. The Media Bill will ensure that UK radio stations are not charged by smart speaker platforms for the provision of their live services to listeners, so that listeners can continue to access the stations they love.
The Bill will also cut red tape, making it easier for local radio stations to apply for licences, and for Ofcom to grant them, but at the same time ensuring that the core public service function of radio - the provision of important local news and information - is protected.
The Conservative Government is continuing to deliver long-term decisions to protect our creative industries and public interest journalism, ensuring the UK’s world-leading content is accessible to everyone across the country.
Finally, the Bill removes a threat to the freedom of the press, by fulfilling the manifesto commitment to repeal Section 40 of the Crime and Courts Act 2013, which, if commenced, could force publishers to pay the legal costs of the people who sue them, even if they win.
Commenting, Culture Secretary Lucy Frazer said:
“I know how popular our radio stations are across the country, and I want to make sure that listeners can access them for years to come. The Media Bill will cut red tape for radio and make them easier to find on smart speakers - ensuring we can all continue to tune in to relax, dance, and laugh to our favourite stations.”
Commenting Brendan Clarke-Smith said:
"As a keen radio listener, both on a national and local level, I am pleased that the Conservative Government’s Media Bill is backing it to succeed. Whether it is making it easier to find local radio stations via smart speakers or cutting red tape to support it - these long-term changes will make sure listeners across Bassetlaw can continue to access their favourite stations.”