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Commercial Radio (Independent Local Radio/ILR)
Commercial radio (independent local radio/ILR)

(Independent local radio/ILR)

The Conservative Party election manifesto of 1970 contained a commitment to introduce competition into radio for the first time. It had been a long political battle. Ten years earlier, the Pilkington Committee (1962) had concluded that a radio system funded by advertising revenue was incompatible with the needs of a local audience. Harold Wilson's Labour Government was opposed to the concept and the idea took hold that the spectrum for radio broadcasting was finite (Crook, 1998: 261). The runaway success of pirate radio, many of which had something of a local identity, demonstrated the existence of an audience who wanted something other than the BBC (Harris, 1970). So did the existence and success of ...

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