Formats and content regulation

17 July 2017

A Format document sets out the type of broadcast output that each commercial radio station is required to deliver. It encapsulates the character of the service a station is obliged to deliver as a condition of its licence.

About radio formats (PDF, 44.7 KB)

The regulation of format changes (PDF, 63.7 KB)

For community radio, the Key Commitments document serves much the same purpose.

Guidance on Key Commitments (PDF, 116.3 KB)

Current formats and Key Commitments

Look up current analogue radio formats

Look up current digital radio formats

Look up current community radio Key Commitments

Changes to content

Look up 2017 analogue format change requests

Look up 2016 analogue format change requests

Look up recent digital format change requests

Look up recent Key Commitments change requests

You can find older format change requests on the National Archives.