Two Lochs Radio

Public file

All commercial radio stations in the UK are required to provide a Public File to inform listeners about the station and what they can expect of it. This is Two Lochs Radio's Public File.
     

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  What is the purpose of this Public File?
News Bulletins
Recent News
The News Team
The Programme Schedule
Automation & Local Programming
Events & Charities we support
Coverage Highlights
Music Play list
The Format
Ofcom Localness Guidelines
Contact Us
How to Complain

1 What is the purpose of this Public File?

Each UK commercial radio station has a licence commitment in terms of the general nature of its service and what music and local content it will provide. This commitment is specified in the Station Format document published by the industry regulator Ofcom.

Each station is also required to maintain a Public File that gives listeners clear information about the specific ways in which the station meets it format commitments and serves its community of listeners.

This document is Two Lochs Radio's Public File. Please contact us if you have any queries about the content of this file or need a printed copy.

2 News Bulletins

We broadcast local news bulletins at least once an hour during our live local programming on weekday mornings and afternoons, and Saturday mornings. We also carry hourly bulletins of national and international news from national providers during weekday daytime hours.

The nominal times of our regular bulletins are:

Monday to Friday:
Local news: 07:33, 08:03, 08:30, 17:06, 18:06
National news: Hourly on the hour between 08:00 and 19:00 inclusive

Saturday:
Local news: 08:03, 09:03, 10:03
National news: Hourly on the hour between 08:00 and 11:00 inclusive

Sunday:
No news service

3 Recent News

To view a sample of typical local news stories from Two Lochs Radio click here.

4 The News Team

Our current regular News Team is Jackie Wilson and Ron Cole (reporters and deputy duty editors), and Alex Gray (senior duty editor).

If you have any news to report or story ideas, e-mail us at

For help with any queries about broadcast bulletins or news policy, contact the Station Manager using the contact details at the bottom of this page.

5 The Programme Schedule

In general we broadcast at least 30 hours per week of locally-originated programmes, plus up to 6 additional hours per week produced elsewehere in the Highlands and Islands and other Celtic areas (for example our live relay on Saturday evenings from Portree, Gaelic programmes from Cape Breton and Barra, and occasional programmes produced on Lewis).

At other times when we are not broadcasting locally-originated material, we relay 'sustaining services' from other providers. These are generally music-led stations, aimed at a general adult audience (eg Smooth Radio Glasgow).

To view our current full Programme Schedule click here.

6 Automation & local programming

Some radio stations use computer-controlled automated programme generation of music programmes without live presenters. At present we do not use any automation of this sort locally. However during our 'non-local' hours we relay the broadcasts of other 'sustaining services', and those services may themselves use automation at certain times, particularly in the early hours of the night. We plan in the future to introduced some automation outside of our current local hours to replace some of the sustaining service by a more locally-oriented music mix.

Our regular breakfast and drivetime weekday shows, and Saturday and Sunday morning shows are always presented live from our studio in Gairloch. Other locally-produced or commissioned shows may be played out from pre-recordings according to presenter availability and editing requirements.

7 Local events & good causes we support

Two Lochs Radio is itself a non-profit voluntary organisation, so the extent of our direct fundraising for other bodies is naturally limited. However we support other good causes and fundraisers in the area with general publicity, What's On information, and interviews offering the chance for more information and news from these organisations to be broadcast. We provide substantial publicity for a major local annual charitable event, the Great Wilderness Challenge, and also assisted with its production of an anniversary fundraising DVD. We produced a fundraising CD jointly with a local fundraising team supporting Highland Hospice, and support the Gairloch 10K Fun Run. We also provided publicity and support for the production of a fundraising music CD by a local school, fundraising for extra activities for residents of a local care home, and for the local branch of An Comunn Gaidhealach. We broadcast appeals from the Disasters Emergency Committee which coordinates major appeals through commercial radio stations.

8 Coverage Highlights

Two Lochs Radio participates in, and provides radio coverage of, many local events, such as the Gairloch Highland Show, the Fayre on the Square and other events. We also cover events and activities by local schools, societies, public services and tourism operators. These including some audio coverage from the schools and hotels, presentations by school staff and pupils at the radio studios, and interviews with representatives of a wide range of community organisations and visitors. We also broadcast a live relay of Saturday night traditional Scottish dance music originated at Cuillin FM in Portree, and the Scottish Chart Show, commissioned by MG Alba.

You can read more about general developments at Two Lochs Radio in our Annual Review of 2008.

9 Music Playlist

Two Lochs Radio does not operate any kind of formal playlist of specific items to be played. Presenters are responsible for their own selection of music within guidelines as to the general nature and mixture of music to be achieved in breakfast and drivetime (morning and late afternoon) programming.

The mix is wide and is intended to reflect the diverse range of backgrounds and tastes of the local community, with a much stronger emphasis on Scottish and Gaelic music than might be found on a larger city station.

Other programmes in the evening and at weekends are themed to more specific genres and topics, and among these there are entire programmes devoted to individual genres such as Celtic, Dance, Country, Folk, Classical, Musical, or specific artists.

To give you a feel for the range of music we play in our general listening programmes, here is a sample from a couple of hours in October 2006

Runrig

Harvest Moon

Bucks Fizz

Making your mind up

Hank Ballard

The Twist

Tom Alexander

Flying Scotsman

Pussy Cat Dolls

I don't need a man

Marianne Faithful

Ballad of Lucy Jordan

Lily Allen

LDN

Blink 182

Another girl, another planet

Fiona MacKenzie

On the shores of Loch Ewe

Jerry Lee Lewis & Bruce Springsteen

Pink Cadillac

Ian Tonkan MacDonald

Banjo breakdown

Mud

Oh Boy!

Snow Patrol

Chasing cars

Munros

Wild mountain thyme

Pet Shop Boys & Elton John

In private

Kenny Rodgers

The last ten years

Kathleen MacInnes

Tuireadh Bard Thurnaig

Beach Boys

Sloop John B

Paolo Nutini

Jenny don't be hasty

Baccara

Yes sir, I can boogie

Runrig

Abhainn an t-Sluaigh

Helen Reddy

Angie baby

Evanescence

Call me when you're sober

Wick Scottish Dance Band

Scandinavian barn dance

10 The Format document

This is the document published by Ofcom which specifies the format that Two Lochs Radio is expected to follow. You can find it on the Ofcom website at http://www.ofcom.org.uk/static/radiolicensing/formats/al282-1.doc. Note that this is in the form of a Microsoft Word document, and you may need that software to view it. If you have difficulty with this, please ask us or Ofcom to help.

11 Ofcom Localness Guidelines

Ofcom issues Guidelines defining what it terms "localness" for the local radio stations it licenses. You can read them on the Ofcom website at this address: http://www.ofcom.org.uk/radio/ifi/rbl/car/localness/ or download them as a PDF file from here.

12 Contact Us

Details of how to get in touch with Two Lochs Radio are at the bottom of this page.

13 How to Complain

If you want to make a complaint about something you have heard on the station, or something you understand the station is planning to do, in the first instance please raise the matter with the Station Manager using the details at the bottom of this page.

If you are not satisfied with our response and wish to take the matter further, you can contact the regulator Ofcom on 020 7981 3040 or via the complaints page on the Ofcom website.

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