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Independent National Radio (INR)
Independent national radio (INR)

The Broadcasting Act 1990 sanctioned the creation of the Radio Authority which, under the next wave of expansion, was to license three independent national radio stations by the middle of the decade, as well as a host of new local stations. These new stations were subject to a ‘lighter’ regulatory regime than had existed before and their eight-year licences were retained through honouring their ‘promise of performance’. But unlike the ‘quality threshold’ which then operated in the television licensing system, the licences would go to the highest cash bidder in a blind auction.

Classic FM, the UK's first Independent National Radio station (INR1), began broadcasting a classical music service in September 1992. In April 1993, Virgin 1215 (INR2) went on-air ...

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