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A drive-in service at Dunseverick Baptist Church

A drive-in service at Dunseverick Baptist Church

Rev Billy Jones

Rev Billy Jones

A drive-in service at Dunseverick Baptist Church

A Presbyterian minister in Co Antrim has called a decision to allow drive-in church services "an empty gesture" due to confusion over broadcasting laws.

Rev Mark Neilly from First Presbyterian in Ahoghill is hoping to hold drive-in services in his church car park, using a transmitter to allow church-goers to listen on their car radio.

But he claimed that under broadcasting regulator Ofcom's rules, only a frequency strong enough to reach "the front bumper of the first car" would be permitted.