A commercial radio station’s Format sets out the type of broadcast output it is required to deliver, and forms a part of its licence. Formats may include requirements relating to a station’s music output, news provision, other types of speech content, its target audience, the volume and origin of locally-made programmes, and any programme sharing arrangements; taken together, these elements encapsulate the nature and overall character of a licensed service. When a request to change a Format constitutes a significant departure from the character of service, the request is subject to consultation.
This document outlines requests received from Quidem Limited (‘Quidem’) with regard to the local commercial radio FM licences it owns, via subsidiary companies, for Banbury, Coventry, Rugby, South East Staffordshire, Stratford-upon-Avon and Warwick. It also includes Ofcom’s preliminary view on the requests to change the character of service of each licence.
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