Radio station is told not to dump local news
RADIO station Heart Cornwall has been stopped from stripping its airwaves of local content after a public outcry.
The broadcaster had asked watchdog Ofcom for permission to change its format.
It wanted less talking and local news and instead to align its output with other Heart stations around the country, broadcasting mainly music aimed at 25- to 54-year-olds.
But Ofcom rejected the request following a public consultation.
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An Ofcom spokesman said: "Heart Cornwall had sought to change the Character of Service of its published format to bring the output of the station more closely into line with other stations in the Heart network.
"Ofcom rejected the proposed changes on the basis that the departure from the existing Format would narrow the range of programmes available to listeners in Cornwall by way of independent radio services."
Ofcom said a public consultation period ran for four weeks until September 12.
"We received 12 non-confidential responses to the consultation," the spokesman said. "Of these, the overwhelming majority, nine, were against the change being permitted, arguing that the potential reduction in local, Cornwall-specific, content would reduce choice for listeners in the area."