The Vale of Glamorgan Council’s ruling cabinet has decided to continue to subsidise the Barry commercial radio station Bro Radio for a further period of 3 years – even though the station can’t be heard in most parts of the Vale of Glamorgan… or, for that matter, in Penarth.
The station is to be paid a grant by the council of £72,000 in monthly installments until the year 2021.
In return for the cash Bro Radio is supposed to:-
- promote council news,
- provide updates on council services
- provide public address notices
- and provide live coverage and music at events such as “Barry Island Weekenders”.
Under the terms of its licence – issued by the broadcasting regulator Ofcom – the station is not legally required to be politically impartial in its coverage of local news or in its programming .
The Bro Radio broadcasting licence is due for renewal in March next year.