July 30, 2011
cuts local radio station Total Star FM's licence by a year
local radio station which is heard in Burnham-On-Sea has had its
licence cut by a year for illegally boosting its transmitter levels,
the broadcasting watchdog Ofcom ruled on Friday.
Total Star FM boosted its transmitter levels 10 times higher
than it was allowed for a period of two months, which meant the
station was heard outside its broadcast area of West Somerset
and Bridgwater - and into Burnham-On-Sea, Weston and Taunton.
The regulator highlighted "the overall failure of the licensee
to maintain control of its service" and said the increased
transmitter levels could have posed a public safety risk.
Because of this and the station's "unsatisfactory record
of compliance" the licence will be re-advertised.
Ofcom's ruling means the station's licence will expire on 3rd
July 2012. The full re-advertisement will be made on 2nd August
with a deadline of 1st December 2011.