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.

Weekdays Top of the Hour
1am to 5 am Sky News (2 min)
6 am to 6pm - Local news and Weather (2 min 10 secs)
* Plus at 1pm Sport bulletin ( 60 secs)
* 7 pm - Scotland News bulletin (2 mins)
8pm to midnight Sky News (2 min)

Saturday Top of the Hour
1am to 6 am Sky News (2 min)
7am and 8am Scotland News bulletin (2 mins)
9am to 1pm local news and weather (2 min 10 secs)
2pm  and  6pm Scotland News bulletin (2 min) 6pm - midnight Sky News

Sunday Top of the Hour

1am to 6 am Sky News (2 min)
7am and 8am Scotland News bulletin (2 mins)
9am to 1pm (not 12 noon) local news and weather (2 min 10 secs)
2pm, 4pm  and  6pm Scotland News bulletin (2 min)
6pm - midnight Sky News

Recent News stories covered on air

NEWS TEAM
Head of News and Sport - Lorraine Herbison
Breakfast Newsreader - Vicky Murray
Afternoon Newsreader - Rebecca Cook
Reporter Ayr – Fiona Simpson
Reporter Dumfries – Natasha Reid

The programme schedule

The average number of hours of automated programming within weekday daytimes and within daytimes on Saturdays and Sundays:
Westsound  automates some of its output using computer technology. These times are:

Monday – Friday
02:00 – 06:00 – Overnights
2-3pm - Your Greatest Hits

Saturday
02:00 – 07:00 – Overnights

Sunday
02:00 – 06:00 – Overnights
19:00 – 22:00 – The Country Show

The amount of local programming per day produced by the station:
Our weekday breakfast show (6am-10am) and weekday Home Run (3-7pm) as well as our Sunday 1-4pm show are produced and presented from our studios at the Loreburne Centre, Dumfries.  Our 10am-2pm weekday Through The Day show is produced and presented from Westsound Radio, Holmston Road, Ayr.  The remainder of our output is produced and presented from Key 2 in Manchester and/or Clyde 2  in Glasgow with the exception of the following:
The Party Show Saturday 18:00 – 22:00 broadcast from our Forth 2 studios in Edinburgh

Ofcom Localness Guidelines

Station Contact details:
West Sound FM
Unit 40
Loreburn Shopping Centre
Dumfries
DG1 2BD

01387 250 100

Email: mike.richardson@westsound.co.uk

Brenda Ritchie – Station Director
Mike Richardson – Content Controller
Lorraine Herbison – Head of News

Events/charities support or coverage:
Cash For Kids is the official charity of Westsound (Registered Charity no. SCO03334). Cash for Kids has raised hundreds of thousands to help sick, disabled and disadvantaged children in Dumfries & Galloway. Every penny raised stays in this region to support thousands of the most needy local children. Cash for Kids provides grants for individuals, other children’s charities, community groups and the health sector.

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 Westsound in the first instance you should contact us directly. Our contact details are:

West Sound FM
Unit 40
Loreburn Shopping Centre
Dumfries
DG1 2BD

01387 250 100
Email: mike.richardson@westsound.co.uk

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 Westsound here.

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