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Title: UK community radio production responses to COVID-19
Authors: Coleman, J
Issue Date: 2020
Abstract: This report summarizes the initial key findings of a research project investigating how licensed community radio stations in the UK responded to the changing circumstances caused by the UK-wide lockdown in Spring 2020. The project was entitled “Digital Technologies in Community Radio Production Practices: responding to COVID-19 social distancing measures”, and was devised to ascertain how, and the extent to which, stations were able to successfully adapt and continue broadcasting as the crisis ensued. Responses were received from community stations across the UK: Northern Ireland and Scotland; the Northern regions of England; the Midlands; Greater London; the East and South East, the Isle of Wight, and the South West. The information gathered demonstrates the wealth of technical expertise across the sector, and the passion and sense of commitment felt towards the stations and their local communities. The research highlights that this sector is perfectly placed to provide locally specific health and welfare updates and indeed has proved itself to be adept and efficient at responding to a crisis and incorporating new content alongside their usual entertainment and information outputs. However, their ability to do so should not be taken for granted: there are certain aspects of community broadcasting which will need addressing if the station teams are to make it through the fall-out of COVID-19.
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