Public File

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 Bulletins

Monday – Friday

0600 to 1800


0800 to 1400


0800 to 1400

National Bulletins

Monday - Friday

0000, 2200

Local Bulletins

Monday – Friday

0600 to 1800

Recent News stories covered on air

The programme schedule

The average number of hours of automated programming within weekday daytimes and within daytimes on Saturdays and Sundays:

Monday – Thursday 7pm to 6am (networked)
Friday 7pm - Saturday 2pm (networked)
Saturday 6pm to Sunday 12pm (networked)
Sunday 4pm – Monday 6am (networked)

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.
Monday to Friday – 12 hours
Saturday – 4 hours
Sunday – 4 hours

Ofcom Localness Guidelines

Station Contact details:
Northsound One
Abbotswell Road
West Tullos
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:

See the News section

Any other issues or areas of interest likely to impact on localness:

The Station's Playlist

The Station Format

How to complain to the station or to Ofcom:
If you have a complaint about something you have heard on Northsound 1 in the first instance you should contact us directly. Our contact details are:

Northsound One
Abbotswell Road
West Tullos
AB12 3AJ

Tel: 01224 337 000

If the complaint or comments are about programming heard on the station, please address them to the Content Controller.

If the complaint or comments are regarding advertising, please address them to the Sales Director.

You can comment on anything you’ve heard on Northsound 1 here.

Details on how to complain directly to Ofcom can be found on the Ofcom website.