Andrew Harrison is the CEO of CHAIRMEN/ Radio Centre. He also sits on the Boards of RAJAR and Digital Radio DIRECTORS UK and is the Chairman of UK Radioplayer Ltd.Andrew Harrison Ashley Tabor Michael BettonChief Executive Officer Founder and Executive CEO, Lincs FM President, Global GroupDianne Thompson Dee Ford Travis BaxterNon-Executive Chairman Group Managing Director Consultant, Content and Radio, Bauer Media External Affairs Director, Bauer MediaKip MeekNon-Executive Director Malcolm Bluemel CEO, Planet RockStuart TaylorCEO, GMG Radio Donnach ODriscoll CEO, Absolute RadioStephen MironCEO, Global Radio Andrew Harrison
WHAT IS RADIO CENTRE?Radio Centre is theindustry body forcommercial radio inthe UK.It exists to maintainand build a strong andsuccessful commercialradio industry.
HISTORY OF RADIOCENTRERadio Centre was founded in 2006 after the merger of theRadio Advertising Bureau (RAB) and the Commercial RadioCompanies Association (CRCA).Radio Centre is a co-founder of Digital Radio UK, the bodyset-up to promote & encourage the digital switchover in theUK.
WHAT RADIO CENTREDOESRadio Centre gives UK commercial radioa voice, working with government, policymakers and regulators as well asproviding a forum for industry-widedebate and discussion.In recent years Radio Centre havelobbied successfully to provide stationswith more freedom in how and wherethey produce content; deregulation ofcommercial messages; tighter rules onthe prominence of commercial brands onthe BBC; and the removal of local mediaownership rules.
OBJECTIVES• To ensure that the BBC sticks to its public service remit, whilst minimising negative impact on commercial radio.• To achieve the best possible copyright agreements for commercial radio to represent the industry.• To secure a successful future for commercial radio across analogue and digital platforms.• To secure the best possible regulatory framework for commercial radio stations and listeners.• Radio Centre influences the radio industrys legal and regulatory framework, so that commercial radio can flourish.
PRIORITIES WITH OFCOMDigitalTo deliver a clear and coherent plan for viable digital radiocoverage.LicensingTo minimise the burden of renewals and ensure that licences arebased on fair and equitable terms.Commercial referencesTo secure a framework for regulation that reflects maximumflexibility for stations to carry commercial messages, withtransparency that ensures listeners are protected.Illegal broadcastingTo ensure an effective regime of enforcement to prevent andprosecute pirate radio operators.Content regulationTo seek regulation based on the value of output heard by thelisteners, rather than inputs such as location or formatrequirements.
ANNUAL REVIEWEvery year Radio Centre is involved with a large amount of workon behalf of its members.The Radio Centre Annual Review shows members, regulators,parliamentarians, advertisers and agencies the work that theydo.The annual review is published each year to show members &anyone else who has an interest key facts in the growth of radioand what the current climate for radio is at.It includes:• The Chairman & CEO’s Review• Revenue Statistics and Facts• Audience Statistics and Facts (from RAJAR etc)• And other relevant information such as the increase of digital radio distribution & Influences in radio.
CODE OF CONDUCTCOMMERCIAL RADIO COMPLIANCE PROCEDURES- PRINCIPALS OF We will encourage a cultureEDITORIAL TRUST of trust and compliance in our stations(2008) ADHERENCE TO THIS CODEHONESTY Adherence to this code is aWe will not deliberately requirement of Radio Centremislead our audience. membershipCOMPETITIONSWe will run competitionsfairly and honestly.COMPLAINTSWe will treat all complaintsfairly and proportionately,whether they come from alistener or a regulator, andwill respond as appropriate.
MISSION STATEMENT“To secure the best possibleregulatory framework for commercialradio stations and our listeners.”OTHER INFORMATION Radio Centre works closely with the BBC as BBC radio stations make-up the majority of listening figures in the UK.
KEY RADIO FACTS• There are over 34 million listeners in the UK.• 470,000,000 hours of radio are listened to each week.• There are 301 licensed radio stations in the UK – 55 on AM, 246 on FM.• There are 39 local radio stations in Scotland, 11 local stations in N.Ireland, 235 local stations in England & 16 local stations in Wales.• 28.2% of listeners listen digitally.• 500,000 tracks are played each week.