Written evidence from KM Group (FLM 49)
To: Mr John Whittingdale OBE MP
I am writing to thank you and the members of the Culture, Media and Sport Committee for giving me the opportunity to give evidence to your inquiry on local and regional media last Tuesday 27 October. I am aware that Andrew Harrison of the Radio Centre has already written to you and thought that it may be useful if I echo some of his points that we feel are important:
1) That Commercial Radio is facing its greatest ever financial challenges, with revenues and profitability declining due to a combination of high fixed costs, structural change and recession.
is an urgent need for regulatory relief and legislative change for the
industry. The focus must be on securing viable local services that provide the
output that listeners want, rather than measuring quotas of hours or
prescribing where content is made. The Digital Economy Bill is central to
achieving this new framework, along with reform of
Radio's difficulties are exacerbated by the strength and size of the
For us at KM this is an issue across all our media - I
attach for your information a press release sent out by the
I look forward to seeing your final report on the future of local media and if there is anything further I can do for the Committee please let me know.
Head of Radio