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.
News Bulletin Schedule including which bulletins provide local news and which provide only UK-wide bulletins.
|Local and Extended Local Bulletins|
|Monday – Friday||0600 to 1900|
|Saturday||0800 to 1800|
|Sunday||0800 to 1900|
|Monday - Friday||2200|
|Saturday||0700, 1800, 2200|
|Sunday||0700, 1600, 1900, 2200|
The News team
Details to come
The average number of hours of automated programming within weekday daytimes and within daytimes on Saturdays and Sundays:
Northsound 1 automates some of its programming using computer technology. There is, however, no regular automation during daytime hours (6am-7pm), apart from during significant public holidays - Christmas Day, New Year's Day etc.
The amount of local programming per day produced by the station:
With the exception(s) noted below all regular programming on Northsound 1 is produced and presented locally from our studios in Aberdeen.
Mon - Sat 7pm - 6am
Sun - 12am-8am, 4-7pm and 10pm – 6am
Station Contact details:
Scotland AB12 3AJ
Studio : + 44 (0) 1224 400 969
Northsound One text : 61025 text the word NORTH then the rest of your message. Texts will cost 25p + standard network rate.
Main reception : + 44 (0) 1224 337 000
Events/charities support or coverage:
Local events are publicised on air and on the Northsound 1 and Northsound 2 websites.
We have space for all kinds of activities, festivals, sports, music, charity fundraisers, arts and entertainment, kids events and lots more!
Find out details of Northsound 1’s own Cash for Kids Charity.
Recent programme and/or news highlights:
Since April of 2006 – the North East has been gripped with ‘Trump fever’. Legendary tycoon Donald Trump announced he wanted to open a golf resort to the tune of a billion pounds near Balmedie. Northsound’s newsteam has been there to bring you every step of the story, from his grand reveal in Manhattan, through the design stage, the controversial decision by the council to throw out the application, the public inquiry and we also broke the news before anyone else that the go ahead had finally been given.
Another major story that we have spent a lot of time covering is the drama that unfolded after 27 million pounds worth of budget cuts were announced by Aberdeen City Council. That has seen many campaigns spring up, made up of groups whose services face closure. We covered the accounts commission investigation into the authority’s management.
Northsound marked the 20th anniversary of the Piper Alpha offshore disaster by hosting a series of special programmes, including 'Piper Alpha 20 - Lest We Forget'. This was a special documentary containing first hand accounts of the tragedy from survivors, families and others involved.
Any other issues or areas of interest likely to impact on localness:
How to complain to the station or to Ofcom:
In the first instance contact the Programme Director directly using the contact details above.
Details on how to complain directly to Ofcom can be found on the Ofcom website.