Ofcom is asking for input about the future shape of radio station formats, which could lead to “format flips” on local and regional stations.
The regulator wants views and evidence on whether changes to the music that local commercial radio stations are required to play could benefit UK listeners, ahead of a full public consultation due out later this year.
The changes are limited to local and regional FM/AM commercial radio, with the three national analogue commercial radio services (Classic FM, Talk Sport and Absolute Radio) excluded.
Any future changes based on this review could further relax the rules for stations, which may be able to change music policy more easily. Recent changes to Formats by Ofcom have removed the percentage of specific specialist music required, instead giving a more general description.
Ofcom wants input by 23 July 2014.