BBC Radio 1 OFCOM Changes
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We've been discussing this a bit in the Chatbox but this does deserve it's own thread. OFCOM, the new regulators for the BBC have announced a new draft operating license which sets out some rules about the standards on it's programming and it's competition. These changes apply to BBC Radio 1/2 as well so here's a rundown on some of the changes..

  • A new peak-time requirement for a longer news programme on weekdays, the 1 hour requirement is staying though and there will be still 2 extended bulletins.
  • There will be more focus on emerging and new UK acts and the music output will be more distinct from other broadcasters. The music played during the daytime will be focused from those in the UK.
  • R1 will still be required to broadcast a certain amount of Specialist Music each year.
  • There will be a bigger broader range of music played on R1/R2. This means the playlist could be set for more changes in terms of it's size.
  • More than 40 documentaries will need to be made each year. 

https://radiotoday.co.uk/2017/03/ofcom-publishes-draft-bbc-operating-licence/

https://www.ofcom.org.uk/__data/assets/pdf_file/0033/99519/bbc-performance-consultation.pdf (Start at Page 25 for all the juicy information)

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Hmmm.... seems to be suppressing creativity and flexibility of stations up and down the country, and has arguably led to the complete sanitation of commercial radio. Let's hope the BBC remains distinctive(ly ahead of its competition)

 

btw, OP, you used the wrong "it's" every single time. Doesn't need an apostrophe. That's not a dig, just a point. 

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1 hour ago, bensteele said:

Hmmm.... seems to be suppressing creativity and flexibility of stations up and down the country, and has arguably led to the complete sanitation of commercial radio. Let's hope the BBC remains distinctive(ly ahead of its competition)

 

btw, OP, you used the wrong "it's" every single time. Doesn't need an apostrophe. That's not a dig, just a point. 

Its fine! 8)

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Ah, now it does need an apostrophe. Use an apostrophe whenever you mean 'it is', and don't when you don't.

Unless, of course, you're joking.

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We've been discussing this a bit in the Chatbox but this does deserve it's own thread. OFCOM, the new regulators for the BBC have announced a new draft operating license which sets out some rules about the standards on it's programming and it's competition. These changes apply to BBC Radio 1/2 as well so here's a rundown on some of the changes..
  • A new peak-time requirement for a longer news programme on weekdays, the 1 hour requirement is staying though and there will be still 2 extended bulletins.
  • There will be more focus on emerging and new UK acts and the music output will be more distinct from other broadcasters. The music played during the daytime will be focused from those in the UK.
  • R1 will still be required to broadcast a certain amount of Specialist Music each year.
  • There will be a bigger broader range of music played on R1/R2. This means the playlist could be set for more changes in terms of it's size.
  • More than 40 documentaries will need to be made each year. 
https://radiotoday.co.uk/2017/03/ofcom-publishes-draft-bbc-operating-licence/
https://www.ofcom.org.uk/__data/assets/pdf_file/0033/99519/bbc-performance-consultation.pdf (Start at Page 25 for all the juicy information)

So, apart from the music, nothing will have to change?

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I'm not sure really.. See these points:

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4.35 We are also required to consider, in relation to our duty when setting the first operating licence: increasing the current requirements on the BBC to secure the provision of more distinctive output and services; and, to have regard to the desirability of setting or changing requirements to increase the amount of news, information, current affairs and social action issues on BBC Radio 1 and BBC Radio 2, particularly at peak listening time. 

4.36 We are proposing to include several conditions from the service licences previously set by the BBC Trust that serve to maintain current provision of news and current affairs output on each of the BBC’s services, strengthening them where the BBC has outperformed on average over the past five years. Additionally, we propose to modify some of the BBC’s existing requirements. This includes introducing a peak-time requirement for news on BBC Radio 1 and a peak-time requirement for news and current affairs on BBC Radio 2. We have also introduced a new condition to ensure the BBC provides adequate links on its online service to third party material. This replaces the BBC Trust condition which required the BBC to increase the number of click-throughs to third party websites.

4.39 We are proposing to retain the BBC Trust service licence requirement that Radio 1 broadcast at least one hour of news - including two extended bulletins - during daytime each weekday. We believe this quota secures a sufficient level of news output on this service. Our research shows that younger audiences are more likely to consume news through online platforms rather than through listening to the radio, so any increase in quota level here would not necessarily increase consumption by the targeted audience. However, in recognition of the impact of broadcasting news content to younger audiences at peak time, we propose to formalise as a condition the BBC’s current provision of an extended news bulletin broadcast at this time. We plan to monitor the BBC’s performance in this area and will revisit this condition if we do not believe it is delivering the best outcomes for younger listeners.

So it looks like the 2 extended Newsbeat bulletins will stay but perhaps points 4.35 and 4.36 suggest the 12:45pm-1pm bulletin could be moved?

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It looks like they're gonna have to put a 15 minute bulletin in the breakfast show to me... (not that I'll mind as it's 15 mins less Grimmy in the morning)

I've always loved how seriously they take the 1 hour day time news rule it's exactly right to the minute:

6:30, 7:00, 7:30, 8:00, 8:30, 9:30 all 3 mins so 18 mins. 10:30 and 11:30 are 2 mins each bringing it to 22. 1:30 is 1 min (23), 2:30 and 3:30 2 mins (26), 4:30 3 mins (29), and 5:00 1 min (30) - add the 15 min bulletins and there is your hour!

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Crikey, you've really analysed that well. When you say it's "exactly right to the minute", I agree with every daytime presenter except Grimmy. A countless number of times, he is late for the news at about 7:32, 8:03 and so on! He has a tendancy to start a track at 7:29! WHY?! :grrr:

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It looks like they're gonna have to put a 15 minute bulletin in the breakfast show to me... (not that I'll mind as it's 15 mins less Grimmy in the morning)
I've always loved how seriously they take the 1 hour day time news rule it's exactly right to the minute:
6:30, 7:00, 7:30, 8:00, 8:30, 9:30 all 3 mins so 18 mins. 10:30 and 11:30 are 2 mins each bringing it to 22. 1:30 is 1 min (23), 2:30 and 3:30 2 mins (26), 4:30 3 mins (29), and 5:00 1 min (30) - add the 15 min bulletins and there is your hour!

+ 3 mins at 10 pm
But great discovery there

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So nothing will change basically. The report says two extended bulletins with one in peak (i.e. the 5:45) so no need to make any drastic changes to the current schedule. Just a few corrections to the above timings- there's a 10pm which is 2 minutes and the 3:30 is 3 mins.

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