Public File - Nation Radio Wales
Each local commercial radio station in the UK has obligations with regard to its programmes, including its music and local content.
These obligations are set out in the station Format which forms part of this station’s public file.
The Public File is also available in hard copy by post upon request by any member of the public and serves as one indicator of each station’s output.
Comment on the contents of the Public File should be made to the station or to the industry regulator Ofcom
Stations covered in this Public File
Nation Radio (Wales) is a programme service delivered across two Ofcom licenses.
Nation Radio (South Wales) – Regional license held by Nation Radio Limited
Nation Radio (Ceredigion) – Local license held by Radio Ceredigion Limited.
Both companies are part of the Nation Broadcasting Group.
The service transmits a single programme service on a number of FM transmitters with split advertising across South Wales, West Wales and Ceredigion. The service also available on DAB across Wales and online.
Like each local commercial station in the UK has obligations with regard to its programmes, including its music and local content. These obligations are set out in the station Format which forms part of our Public File.
The Public File is just one indicator of our output. Just ask us if you’d like a hard copy. If you have any comments on it, let us know or, if necessary, contact our regulator, Ofcom.
Except in special or exceptional circumstances (which may include some bank holiday periods and the period between Christmas and the New Year) the station broadcasts news bulletins hourly from 0600 until 1900. Bulletins contain a mix of local/regional, national and world stories, along with sport, weather and entertainment news.
At the weekend, bulletins containing local/regional, national and world news, along with sport, weather and entertainment news, are broadcast between 0700 and 1300.
Our news is supplied under contract with Bauer Radio Limited.
Additionally, at other times, bulletins containing national and world news, prepared by Sky, may be broadcast in some hours.
The news team is managed by Bauer Radio’s Head of News, Jim Foulger – firstname.lastname@example.org
You can contact the news team on email@example.com or by calling 02921 414100 and selecting the option for news.
The news operation is based at studios in Swansea. From time to time, some content is prepared from other Bauer Radio Limited newsrooms.
The station broadcasts twenty four hours a day, with programmes as listed per the schedule accessible from the home page on the station website.
Under Ofcom’s definition of automation, all programming is automated.
The overwhelming majority of content including presentation links are supplied to the station very shortly before broadcast.
The station broadcasts local programming from private studios located within the transmission area (or wider approved area where applicable).
We are required to provide three hours per weekday from the approved area, although we usually provide significantly more than this with both Breakfast and Drivetime programmes normally originating from the transmission area (or wider approved area).
We always ensure we meet our minimum requirement to provide three hours of local programming on weekdays.
All local programming, and indeed all programming is shared between Nation Radio Wales and Nation Radio Ceredigion (two Ofcom licences)
We sometimes share our programming and competitions across a number of radio stations operated by Nation Broadcasting. A full list of our stations can be found at nationbroadcasting.com
We have recently (11 April 2022) introduced some shared programming outside of local hours (1-4pm weekdays) between our Nation Radio services in Wales and Scotland and (7-8pm weekdays) between our Nation Radio services in Wales, Scotland and the UK.
Guidelines on localness have been published by our regulator OFCOM, and are available here: http://stakeholders.ofcom.org.uk/broadcasting/radio/localness/localness-guidelines
To contact the radio station generally, use our ‘contact us’ page and we’ll make every effort to reply to any emails which raise substantive issues. Should you prefer to speak to programme management, please contact Neil Greenslade, Nation Broadcasting’s Group Programme Director. firstname.lastname@example.org
You can also contact the station during office hours on 02921-414100
Events/Charities support or coverage
Historically, the station has organised Pride of Wales Awards Annually and supported charity initiatives such as Kidney Wales Cardiff 10k. We are currently supporting the Swansea Half Marathon 2022.
Recent Programme and/or News Highlights
Our website is regularly updated with current programming, competitions and initiatives we’re proud of and, where appropriate, local news.
We aim that our radio stations belong to the areas they serve through the information services it provides. Any suggestions or thoughts on our output are always much valued.
Nation Radio is a music station for Wales including coverage of local artists. Accordingly, we play a wide variety of music including tracks from groups who are based in or strongly associated with Wales.
If you would like a copy of our current playlist you can request this from Neil Greenslade, Nation Broadcasting’s Group Programme Director. email@example.com
As outlined at the head of this document, the station is governed by a Format, which forms part of our licence. Our Format is available on the Ofcom website by selecting the relevant station here
How to complain
Producing entertaining radio always carries some risk. We try to get things right, and not all programmes will be to everyone’s taste. Where we do make mistakes, we’ll try to take appropriate action as quickly as we can. Please do get in touch with any comments – praise or complaints and we’ll consider them carefully.
To speak to us directly, our weekday office hours phone numbers are above. Should you have any difficulties, please speak to Nation Broadcasting’s Managing Director, Martin Mumford – firstname.lastname@example.org
If you feel we have not taken the right action regarding a broadcast after contacting us, you may refer the matter to our regulator, Ofcom. https://www.ofcom.org.uk/complaints