Commercial Radio:

Source of income – Selling advertising space. Examples: Capital (National) Hallam F.M (Local) If they don’t sell the advertising space they have, then they have the potential of losing money and becoming bankrupt. It costs a lot of money for a very short period of advertisement time.

Non Commercial Radio:

Example – BBC

Source of income – The licence fee (£140 per year) and is paid by every household per year. Paid to the BBC via the Government. The Government designs the BBC’s Royal charter – BBC’s remit (These are guidelines on what it should be proving to us, the audience) The BBC is supposed to emit to the public a combination of education, entertainment, information and more.

There are many BBC radio stations. These being:

  • Radio One – First aired in 1927 under the terms of the Royal charter
  • Radio One Xtra – First aired in August 2002
  • Radio Two – First aired on September 1967 the same day as radio three’s and four’s air date.
  • Radio Three – First aired on September 1967 the same day as radio two’s and four’s air date.
  • Radio Four – First aired on September 1967 the same day as radio two’s and three’s air date.
  • Radio Four Xtra – First aired on the 15th December 2002.
  • Radio Five Live – First aired on the 28th March 1994
  • Radio Five Live Sports Xtra – First aired on the 2nd of February 2002
  • 6 Music – First aired on 11th 2002
  • Asian Network  – 1976 BBC Radio Leicester show 1988 as The Asian Network
  • Nation and Local Networks

Some examples of commercial radio stations in Britain are:

  • Kiss
  • Planet Rock
  • Radio X
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