Global Radio has asked media regulator OfCom to change the licensing terms of the FM frequencies in Scotland and Birmingham currently being used by the radio giant’s Capital FM franchise.
Capital was launched in central Scotland and the Midlands at the start of the year using frequencies previously occupied by the Galaxy network. The Scottish frequency had also previously hosted both Beat 106 and Xfm. Both sets of frequencies come with programming obligations linked to the stations that were originally broadcast on them, which is a pain for Global who want to broadcast one set of programming across its Capital network outside of prime time.
According to Radio Today, Global has asked that existing format restrictions associated with the two licences be replaced with the Capital FM format, which it describes as “a rhythmic-based music-led service for fifteen to 29 year olds supplemented with news, information and entertainment. The service should have particular appeal for listeners in their 20s and at least twelve hours a week of identifiable specialist music programmes”.