1.4 Having considered Absolute Radio’s proposals, including financial information provided by the licensee, our provisional view is that the cost to Absolute Radio of continuing to provide the existing level of coverage on AM would be disproportionate to the number of listeners likely to be affected by the proposed changes.
1.5 Therefore, we are minded to accept Absolute Radio’s proposals and we consider that our
provisional decision would comply with our statutory duties. In summary, this is because:
a) in these specific circumstances, we consider that broadcasting the licensed service to
85.4% of the UK adult population would still ensure optimal use of spectrum; and
b) the availability of Absolute Radio on alternative platforms is likely to maintain a
plurality of radio providers and radio services in the geographical areas affected by the
So the consultation is just going through the required legal processes as the decision has been made.
Ofcom always use population when they quote coverage, there are parts of the UK, particularly in Scotland, where the population density is extremely low.
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