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Proposal: Absolute Radio to come off FM in the West Midlands

Local radio in the West Midlands is on the verge of a shake-up under proposals by radio group Bauer Media.

Bauer has contacted Ofcom to request changes to the FM service that carries Absolute Radio in the West Midlands and the AM service currently carrying Free Radio 80s.

It wants to replace the Absolute Radio service on 105.2 FM with a "classic pop hits service with local news and information aimed primarily at the over-30s in the West Midlands", a move that, for example, could see a localised version of Bauer's City 2 network make an appearance on FM in the region, to compliment sister station Free Radio. The 105.2 frequency was previously used for Planet Rock in the region, until Bauer last made changes in 2015.

Meanwhile, the AM frequencies currently carrying Free Radio 80s would be turned into a "classic rock service", which could mean the arrival of Bauer's Absolute Classic Rock on the AM airwaves of the West Midlands.

Ofcom is consulting over the changes, with responses being accepted until 5th October 2018.