Commercial stations planned to share output under pandemic

Local radio stations Channel 103 and Island FM have been given permission to reduce their locally-produced output, but there are no plans to do so.

Under their previous formats agreed with the regulator the stations have to produce 10 hours locally each weekday and four hours on weekends from their bases in Jersey and Guernsey, respectively.

Regulatory authority Ofcom has agreed they can share their output reducing the minimum hours of local programming to three a day during the week, and none at the weekend.

James Keen, pan-island station director, said the changes were requested in April when the impact of the pandemic was unclear and gave the stations more flexibility in responding if the need arose.

He said there are no plans to co-locate the two "hugely successful" stations.

Youth Radio adapts to broadcasting under lockdown

The station run by Jersey Youth Service has been moved out of its purpose-built studios for the lockdown.

It has been helping to connect young people and politicians through Q&A sessions.

Youth Radio FM has adapted under lockdown to still serve its audience.