Ofcom’s document (https://is.gd/ahDs6T) sets out their proposed plans for the next financial year. The final Annual Plan, published in March 2020, will take into account responses from stakeholders to this document. The closing date for consultation responses to Ofcom’s proposed Annual Plan is 25 February 2020. Ofcom will be hosting a series of events to discuss their Proposed Annual Plan - more details here: https://is.gd/1uc1Gi
The following four themes are of particular relevance to the community radio sector:
Analogue community radio. We will undertake the necessary spectrum planning to maximise access for community radio and support the fourth round of licensing for analogue community radio. Ongoing.
Small-scale DAB. We will develop plans for the implementation and licensing of small-scale DAB, with the first multiplex licences expected to be advertised by Ofcom in early 2020. Ongoing.
Reporting on adults’ media literacy. We will publish our annual Adults’ Media Use and Attitudes report, looking at media literacy among UK adults. It will include data on the media use, attitudes and understanding of adults aged 16 and over, and how these are changing over time. Alongside this, we will publish our annual Adults’ Media Lives report, detailing the findings from our small-scale, longitudinal, ethnographic qualitative research among UK adults –a complement to our quantitative surveys on adults’ media literacy. Report Q1 2020/21.
Reporting on children’s media literacy. We will publish our annual Children’s Media Use and Attitudes report, providing evidence on media use, attitudes and understanding among children and young people aged 5-15, as well as information about the media access and use of children aged 3-4. The report will also include parents’ views about their children’s media use, and the ways parents monitor or limit children’s use of different types of media. Alongside this, we publish our annual Children’s Media Lives report, detailing the findings from our small-scale, longitudinal, ethnographic qualitative research among children and young people - a complement to our quantitative surveys on children’s media literacy. Report Q4 2020/21
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