CHRIS: Today Sky will become the sole supplier of the UK’s 340 commercial radio stations. The three year contract awarded to Sky will include Classic FM, Capital FM and Clyde Radio. These stations were formally provided by IRN which is part of ITN.
Before today there were eighty stations who were already getting their news from Sky. The new stations will now be provided with a mixture of bulletins and packages for radio output, and video and stories for their website. The 340 stations will also be able to rip audio directly from the Sky news channels.
Although the content may be improved, there is once again a limited amount of rivalry being generated through the contract. This seems to have been an issue repeated throughout the media spectrum, with ITN’s regional output being recently cut. Competition is healthy in any business and I feel the loss in this area will have an affect on the long term output.