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. 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.
Below are details of how often we broadcast "Mixed" news containing local, national or international information.
Monday to Friday
Hourly from 7am-8pm with headlines a 6.30am, 7.30am, 8.30am, 5.30pm and 6.30pm
National and World News at all other times
To view some of our latest news articles, please view the local news page.
If you have any queries about News, contact one of our journalists via the usual 'Contact Us' details.
Our News Editor is Maria Greenwood.
To view today's Programme Schedule, please click 'Schedule' in the menu.
Automation and Local Programming
All Wessex FM programming is produced and broadcast locally.
Sometimes it is necessary to pre-record (sometimes called Automation) programmes on the station. We don't currently use more than two hours automation in our regular weekday daytime schedule and no more than five hours in our weekend daytime schedules.
Events and Charities We Support
The major events we cover each year are the Dorset County Show in September, from where we launched in 1993, the Dorchester Carnival in June and the Weymouth & Bridport Carnivals in August.
We support events like the Colour Run & Midnight walk orgainised by Weldmar Hospice. Over the year we attend over 150 local community events to assist fundraising groups.
Local groups and charities can promote their events with us throughout the year via the Events Guide both on-air and online which aims to raise awareness of their work.
The format is the regulation document Ofcom issue. You can read or download it from Ofcom at: More
Ofcom Localness Guidelines
Ofcom issue Guidelines defining what "localness" is for a Local Radio station. You can read them on the Ofcom website: More
How to Complain
If you have any complain 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. Please address your complaint to Rick Simmonds, Managing Director.
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