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Communications Commission publishes Response to Consultation on the Regulation and Licensing of Broadcast Content and a Strategy for Digital Radio

Published On:Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Communications Commission publishes Response to Consultation on the Regulation and Licensing of Broadcast Content and a Strategy for Digital Radio - Isle of Man Government - Communications Commission

The Communications Commission has published a paper detailing the responses to its recent consultation on the regulation and licensing of broadcast content and a strategy for digital radio. This consultation was to test public and stakeholder opinion on a number of issues concerning the licensing of broadcast services on the Island. In addition, a policy was proposed for how the island should address the question of whether or not to adopt digital terrestrial radio.

A total of 13 responses were received, with the large majority of respondents agreeing with the proposed measures. The licensing measures covered the renewal of existing broadcast licences, the granting of new licences for broadcast and non-broadcast (i.e. over the internet) audiovisual services and the appropriate type of legislation for the latter, and clarifying the commitments of the Island’s Public Service Broadcaster.

The proposed strategy for digital radio, that the Island should take steps to monitor developments in this area before deciding on an adoption strategy, was also well supported.

Dr Carmel McLaughlin, Director of the Communications Commission, said:

“The response to our consultation is an encouraging endorsement of our proposed policies in these areas. These measures will enable us to bring licensing of audiovisual services into the 21st century, including the expanding use of the internet, as well as positioning the Island well for making best use of the potential radio broadcast technologies available.”

The Commission proposes to put the proposed measures into the new communications legislation currently being drafted, for eventual consideration by Tynwald. The Commission will also continue to monitor developments in digital radio, and look into setting up a working group, consisting of representation from the Government, Broadcasters and the Commission, to do this.

Notes

  1. The Communications Commission, a Statutory Board, regulates the telecommunications and broadcasting sectors on the Island. Minister Adrian Earnshaw is Chairman of the Communications Commission and Dr Carmel McLaughlin is Director.
  2. Documents relating to the consultation can be viewed online

For further information please contact:-the Communications Commission on +44 1624 677022 or email: [email protected]