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Minster FM Public File


1 What is the Public File?

2 News Bulletins

3 Recent News

4 The News Team

5 The Programme Schedule

6 Automation and Local Programming

7 Events and Charities we support

8 Coverage Highlights

9 Music Playlist

10 The Format

11 Ofcom Localness Guidelines

12 Contact Us

13 How to Complain

1. What is the Public File?

Each local commercial radio station in the UK has requirements in respect of its music and local content, such as news etc. These requirements are set out in the station "Format", a document issued by Ofcom, the UK media regulator.

The Public File contains details of elements Ofcom regulate over, 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 the community we serve.

The Public File is available as a print out on request. Any comments on the file can be made to us or Ofcom.

2. News Bulletins

Below are details of how often we broadcast news bulletins and whether they are local, national or international news.

Monday to Friday

Local, National and World News (All a minimum of 2 minutes)

0600, 0630 Headlines and Sport , 0700, 0720 Headlines, 0740 Headlines and Sport, 0800, 0820 Headlines, 0840 Headlines and Sport,Headlines and Sport, 0900, 1000, 1100, 1200, 1300, 1400, 1500, 1600, 1620 Headlines, 1640 Headlines and Sport, 1700, 1720 Headlines, 1740 Headlines and Sport,, 1800

National and World News (2 minutes)

0000, 0100, 0200, 0300, 0400, 0500, 1900, 2000, 2100, 2200, 2300


Local, National and World News (All a minimum of two minutes)

0800, 0900, 1000, 1100, 1200, 1300

National and World News (2 minutes)

Every other hour not listed above except during live football.


Local, National and World News (All a minimum of two minutes)

08,00 0900, 1000, 1100, 1200, 1300

National and World News (2 minutes)

Every other hour not listed above

3. Recent News

To view some of our latest news articles, please view the local news page.

4. The News Team

If you have any queries about News, contact one of our journalists via the usual 'Contact Us' details.

5. The Programme Schedule

To view today's Programme Schedule, please click 'On Air'.

6. Automation and Local Programming

Sometimes it is necessary to pre-record programmes on the station. This is sometimes called Automation. We are proud that the majority of our programmes broadcast during peak hours are live. At weekends and during the evening we pre-record several strands of programming.  During the weekdays we are automated 6pm-6am, at weekends we also record our Sunday afternoon programme.

All of our programming is produced locally, we sometimes share special programming with sister stations. 

7. Events and Charities we support

Minster FM supports several local charities including Yorkshire Air Ambulance, Macmillan Cancer and SNAPPY.  At Christmas we ran a succesful Toy Appeal to donate presents to children who would not have otherwise had a Christmas present.  We dedicate free airtime to community organisations and appeals with our Action and What's On guides.  Our annual Local Hero Awards include donations charity.

8. Coverage Highlights

Details of our ever changing programming highlights can be found on this website.

We broadcast from several key events in our area each year including:-

York Residents' Festival
York Races
Selby Christmas Market
Tadcaster Festive Market
Thornton-le-dale Show

Our special programming includes:-

Themed programming for holidays such as Christmas, Halloween and special occasions such as the Brit Awards.
Floodwatch Specials in the event of severe weather

We also look to produce special programmes for major political events such as The Budget or Local Elections or landmark occasions, for example we produced a special Lendal Bridge debate.

9. Music Playlist

To give you an idea of our music, below is a selection of songs which might be played on a typical day.

Bat Out Of Hell - Meatloaf,
 You're All I Have - Snow Patrol,
 Shiny Happy People - Rem,
 Bad Day - Daniel Powter,
 Sail Away - David Gray,
 Virginia Plain - Roxy Music,
 I Want To Break Free - Queen,
 Who Knew - Pink,
 Into The Groove - Madonna,
 Country Girl - Primal Scream,
 Should I Stay Or Should I Go - Clash,
 Leave Right Now - Will Young, Moving On Up - M People,
 I Wish I Was A Punk Rocker - Sandi Thom,
 Get Back - Beatles,
 Thank You - Jamelia,
 Tainted Love - Soft Cell,
 Talk - Coldplay,
 Man! I Feel Like A Woman - Shania Twain,
 Crazy - Gnarls Barkley,
 Give Me The Night - George Benson,
 She Moves In Her Own Way - Kooks,
 Independent Women Pt1 - Destiny's Child,
 Tide Is High - Blondie

10. The Format

The format is the regulation document Ofcom issue. You can read or download it from Ofcom at: http://www.ofcom.org.uk/static/radiolicensing/formats/al210-1.doc

11. Ofcom Localness Guidelines

Ofcom issue Guidelines defining what "localness" is for a Local Radio station. You can read them on the Ofcom website: http://www.ofcom.org.uk/radio/ifi/rbl/car/localness/

12. Contact Us

To contact us, please click our contact details at the bottom of the page.

Key contacts at Minster FM

Bridget Davies - Station Manager

Pete Bilsborough - Sales Manager

David Green - Programme Controller

Kevin Larkin - Head of News

13. How to Complain

If you have any complaint about the radio station, for example, something you have heard - an advertisement or news story - in the first instance contact the station using the above details.

If you are not satisfied with the response you can contact Ofcom (the industry regulator) on 020 7981 3040 or via their website; www.ofcom.org.uk