Members of the Voice FM campaign group have expressed fears to Giles Chichester, Conservative MEP for the South West and Gibraltar, that the passing of the Digital Economy Bill resulting in the transfer of FM to DAB radio broadcasting, will see an end in 2012 of local radio services in North Devon and Torridge.
They have requested the MEP to pursue the matter with the Government and OFCOM and obtain assurances there will be a “full and genuine” public consultation.
MEP Chichester has written to Ed Vaizey MP, the Minister for Culture and Communications, about his concerns for the future of local radio in North Devon and Torridge. He notes, in the light of the Localism Bill which emphasises Government policy to support communities, that the maintenance of a genuinely local radio service is important.
A copy of the letter sent by Giles Chichester MEP on 21 May 2011 to Ed Vaizey, the Minister for Culture and Communications is attached.