Stoller says failure to consult Welsh National Assembly ahead of franchise award was 'serious mistake'
Radio Authority chief executive Tony Stoller has admitted the body made a 'serious mistake' by not consulting members of the Welsh National Assembly during the issuing of the south Wales regional analogue licence, writes Leigh Holmwood.

Guardian Media Group's Real Radio franchise was given the licence last April after a closely fought battle with six other applicants, including Jazz FM, GWR and the Wireless Group. Assembly members were not asked for their views.

Stoller's admission at last week's communications summit in Cardiff is thought to be one of the first times a senior authority member has admitted that mistakes were made during a licence allocation. One senior radio executive said the revelation could open the authority to a judicial review bid by the unsuccessful radio groups.