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Programme Controllers’ Papers, February 1978

Document Information

File: A/D/0395/10

Box: 3995447

Summary of Document

This file contains a report titled “Independent Local Radio – Aspects of the IBA’s Programming Control”, with an attached “Memorandum submitted by the IBA to the House of Commons Select Committee on Nationalised Industries (Sub-Committee ‘C’) February, 1978”.

The report seems to be in response to criticisms about the output of Independent Local Radio (ILR) stations. The IBA then detailed the steps the Authority used to control and guide the stations – annual performance reviews, IBA control over programme scheduling changes, and discussion and persuasion, sometimes informed by research.

The Authority goes on to indicate how it developed ILR stations by encouraging new programming, by supporting Independent Radio News, and encouraging the provision of local information to the listeners. The Authority also had taken steps to promote educational programming, and define what educational programming entailed, and established a liaison officer to work with ILR stations in developing educational programming. The Authority encouraged the ILRs to expand entertainment beyond music to include fiction, to spend a minimum of 3% of profits to promote live performance of local and British artists, balance the output of music to suit the listening audience, and to provide secondary rental programmes free of charge to the stations. The report also highlighted how the IBA assisted the ILRs in maintaining impartiality, good taste, and indirect advertising.

The Memorandum to the House of Commons Select Committee on Nationalised Industries dealt with 11 specific questions (see attached document). The Memorandum also outlined the financial relationship between the Authority and the ILR companies. One issue that surfaced was whether competition for advertising was harming local and regional press. The Authority also indicated what controls it had in place to regulate ILR advertising, and what controls it had in place to govern the ILR stations. A further section detailed engineering standards, monitoring, and control. Finally, the IBA discussed the composition and effectiveness of the Local Authority Committees set up to advise the ILRs. The Appendices to this document outline the financial aspects of the ILRs.

Documents:

TOC of report – Independent Local Radio – Aspects of the IBA’s Programming Control

TOC of Memorandum submitted by the IBA to the House of Commons Select Committee on Nationalised Industries (Sub-Committee ‘C’)

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