UK Radio News: Ofcom Rejects Claims That Capital XTRA Is Not Operating Within Format

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Radio Today reports that broadcast regulator Ofcom has rejected a number of complaints which said Capital XTRA (formally Choice FM) is not operating within its published format.

In total, 19 complaints were received by the regulator, all of which noted a significant change in music policy at the station, while some of the complainants were also concerned that Capital Xtra was no longer delivering the speech content required by the Formats. There was concern that Capital Xtra was no longer a service “primarily for listeners of African and Afro- Caribbean origin”.

Capital XTRA launched 12 months ago after owner Global Radio rebranded its Brixton and North London stations Choice.

After the complaints, Ofcom listened to the station and agreed the output had changed, including the presenter line-up. But was satisfied that the station remained compliant with the Format requirement to deliver at least 21 hours per week of “complementary specialist music”.

Ofcom did take a look at the news output on the station though, with concerns about the extent to which the Licensee was delivering a satisfactory news, community news and information service for listeners of African and Afro-Caribbean origin in the Brixton and North London areas. Continue Reading….

It looks like the alleged 2002 “promise” made to the original owners of Choice FM (Neil Kenlock and Patrick Berry), to keep the station’s original license format after sale was just a myth.

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