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A Radiocentre spokesperson said: “Despite the polished BBC press release, when one peels back the veneer, the BBC are, yet again, attempting to compete directly with commercial radio stations, interfering with the market and failing to provide distinct public value. UK audiences are very well catered for, with more choice than ever, especially for music spin-off stations.

“Senior leaders at the BBC — Tim Davie, Charlotte Moore, Jonathan Wall and Lorna Clarke — don’t seem to acknowledge that this is not what the BBC, with its taxpayer funding, are supposed to be doing. They are required to provide services that are truly additional, distinct and incremental to what is already provided by commercial operators, not duplicate it.

“We would like to know where the money is coming from to fund these new services. The BBC often say that they need more funding to sustain current services and that they have already cut costs to the bone — including recently cutting back news and local radio funding. What are the BBC cutting to fund these new, unnecessary services?

“Ofcom should reject these proposed market interventions that would just offer duplicate services and not deliver against the BBC’s obligations, at the same time as harming commercial innovation.”

Read: https://the-media-leader.com/bbc-digital-music-expansion-plans-face-pushback-from-commercial-radio/

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Radiocentre object to anything like this, its their job to do this. But Radiocentre needing to exist as an advocacy organisation for commercial radio when they were small and local but that ship has long since sailed and the need has long since sailed. Commercial radio as a term almost always means something owned by Global, Bauer or Murdoch's Wireless Group who are all big enough and rich enough to look after themselves and Radiocentre only seems to exist for this continual get the knife in at the BBC. 

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