Public File

Absolute Radio 105.8FM in London, Absolute Radio 105.2FM in the West Midlands and each local commercial radio station in the UK has requirements in respect of its music and local content, such as news, speech levels etc. These requirements are set out in the station "Format", a document issued by Ofcom, the UK's radio regulator. This Public File contains details of the elements that Ofcom regulate, such as music tracks, local news etc. It is intended to give you a better understanding of our output and what we are doing for our local community. It is relevant only to "Absolute Radio 105.8FM", our London service and "Absolute Radio 105.2FM", our West Midlands service.


Ofcom, the Office of Communications, is the independent regulator and competition authority for the UK communications industries, with responsibilities across television, radio, telecommunications and wireless communications services. Visit the Ofcom website

If you'd like to complain about anything you hear on Absolute Radio 105.8FM or 105.2FM, please read the FAQ.

Ofcom has published guidance on localness in commercial radio, which we abide by.


All local radio stations have written 'formats', laid down by Ofcom, that they must follow at all times. For Absolute Radio 105.8FM, ours is linked from this page on the Ofcom website. The page for Absolute Radio 105.2FM can be found on this page.

Operational information

Transmission: Absolute Radio 105.8FM is available on 105.8FM across London. It isn't on any other platform. Absolute Radio 105.2FM is available on 105.2FM across the West Midlands. It isn't on any other platform.

Automation: There is three hours at most of automated programming in weekday or weekend daytime in a week.


Not applicable.

News Bulletin Schedule

Our news contains a mix of London, UK and world stories. We'll also bring you sport, entertainment and weather news. Bulletins are broadcast from 6am to 1pm and 5pm to 7pm on weekdays, 6am to 12pm on weekends. Additional bulletins will be added in light of breaking news. Local travel information is broadcast between 6am to 9am and 4pm to 7pm Monday to Friday, and 9am to 12pm on weekends.

The News Team

Absolute Radio in-house news coverage operates 7 days a week and is provided by Bauer Radio News, who you can email here.

Tom Hourigan, Senior Broadcast Journalist (London) -

John Pickford, Editor in Chief, Bauer Radio News (Manchester) -

Out of hours news coverage is provided by Independent Radio News

The Programme Schedule

Absolute Radio's programme schedule is available on our website.

Events/ Charities Support or Coverage

Absolute Radio is proud supporter of Shelter and Cash for Kids.

Our Playlist

Information about the music we play is available in our Playlists section, including recent playlist additions, songs just played, and a song search facility.

Additional station information

You can find out more about Absolute Radio in our About section, which also includes some of your frequently asked questions. If you have further questions you can get in touch with us using our contact us page.

Note: The version of Absolute Radio carried on digital radio, digital television, the internet, and 1215AM is our national service, which has no requirement for a public file.

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