Bristol radio station's music "too old"
GWR Bristol could have its license cut short after a media watchdog decided it has been playing the wrong kind of music.
Ofcom has given GWR a yellow card after it was found to be playing too much "old music".
If the Bristol-based station doesn't change it's play list to include more recent songs, that yellow card could be upgraded to a fine or a shortened licence.
But Global, GWRs parent company, has reportedly rejected the findings and is said to be "considering its position".
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The "character of service" contained in GWRs format requires it to be a "locally oriented contemporary and chart music and information station for under-44s in the Bristol and Bath area.
GWR is to become Heart FM Bristol on March 23 but the allegation of complainants is that in the process of rebranding, the station has changed its music policy to play older songs.
Ofcom carried out a three day survey of the stations output earlier this month, and found that only 47 per cent of its music was less than two years old.
The figures excluded the GWR'S Time Tunnel hour of oldies, played every day between 9am and 10am.
Without explaining exactly which songs it had heard, the Ofcom report stated: "Ahead of the monitoring it was our expectation that at least two thirds of the tracks played by GWR FM would be 'current or 'recurrents'.
"We would also expect a fair proportion of the music should be new releases or tracks currently in the charts.
"The majority of tracks played by GWR FM across the three days - 53 per cent - were more than two-years-old and in most cases considerably older.
"We concluded GWR is in clear breach of its format and a yellow card warning has been issued.
"If we find these issues have been addressed when we monitor the station again, after Monday, March 23, then the yellow card will be lifted.
"If GWR does not come back within format within the week we will move to sanctions.
"This could include registering a formal breach - a yellow card - or a fine or shortening of licence."
Global Radio, owners of GWR Bristol, said: "Ofcom's decision was made without reference to either the station, or by talking to its owners, Global Radio.
"This is an extraordinary way for a regulator to behave.
"We do not accept this finding, and are considering our position."