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North Manchester FM in breach of licence

by RadioToday UK
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Ofcom has found North Manchester FM in breach of two licence conditions for failing to provide enough live programming.

The station should provide at least ten hours each weekday of original output but after monitoring for three days in July 2014, Ofcom found one of the days with just three hours.

One person complained, saying that there were “gaps” in North Manchester FM’s schedule and the station played automated music “for several hours during the daytime and early evening.”

Ofcom reported the station was automated from 4pm till midnight and broadcast several hours of automated music.

The Licensee said this was due to volunteer presenters forgetting to inform the station’s management when they would be on holiday, making it difficult for the management to arrange short notice cover for them.

North Manchester FM informed Ofcom that it had added two new Friday shows and was planning to add a third in the coming weeks. The Licensee also stated that it was working with its partners to produce more original pre-recorded content for later broadcast.

The station manager stated that she would: “continue to monitor the situation closely and ensure that any potential gaps in our required daily 10 hours are filled immediately.”

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