Simon Fell Welcomes boost for Barrow and Furness’s Local Radio stations

CandoFM, Greatest Hits Radio and Heart among the great British radio stations to be protected thanks to a new Bill in Parliament.
The Conservative Government has introduced the Media Bill, which guarantees viewers and listeners in Barrow and Furness can still access quality British content on TV and radio as technology changes.
This will mean people across Barrow and Furness can continue to access and enjoy great British radio for generations to come.
Simon Fell has welcomed the boost for Heart, CandoFM, Greatest Hits Radio, and other local radio stations broadcasting in Barrow and Furness through the Conservative Government’s Media Bill.
Technology has revolutionised the way people enjoy British radio, with more and more people using smart speakers.
That is why this Conservative Government has introduced the Media Bill – ensuring audiences can more easily access and enjoy quality British radio content like Cando, Heart and Greatest Hits Radio for generations to come.
The Media Bill will ensure that UK radio stations are not charged by smart speaker platforms for the provision of their live services to listeners, so that listeners can continue to access the stations they love.
The Bill will also cut red tape, making it easier for local radio stations to apply for licences, and for Ofcom to grant them, but at the same time ensuring that the core public service function of radio – the provision of important local news and information is protected.
The Conservative Government is continuing to deliver long-term decisions to protect our creative industries and public interest journalism, ensuring the UK’s world-leading content is accessible to everyone across the country.
Commenting, Culture Secretary Lucy Frazer said:
“I know how popular our radio stations are across the country, and I want to make sure that listeners can access them for years to come.
“The Media Bill will cut red tape for radio and make them easier to find on smart speakers-ensuring we can all continue to tune in to relax, dance, and laugh to our favourite stations.”
Commenting, Mr. Simon Fell MP said:
“As a keen listener of Cando, and supporter of regional radio like Heart and Greatest Hits, in parliament, I am pleased that the Government’s Media Bill is backing it to succeed.
“Whether it is making it easier to find local radio stations via smart speakers or cutting red tape to support it-these long-term changes will make sure listeners across Barrow and Furness can continue to access their favourite stations.”

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