Formats and content regulation

19 October 2016

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 recent analogue format change requests

Look up recent digital format change requests

Look up recent Key Commitments change requests

We regularly listen to the radio stations that we license, in order to ensure they are fulfilling their licence obligations.

About Content Sampling PDF, 31.8 KB

There are no recent sampling reports.

Older reports are available at the National Archives.