Published: July 30, 2011
Ofcom cuts local radio station Total Star FM's licence by a year

A 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.

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