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.

All bulletins produced locally with local content taking priority. We don’t run any national UK wide syndicated news bulletins.

Local bulletins hourly 0600 – 2200 Monday to Friday.
Local bulletins hourly 0900 – 1800 Saturday and Sunday
Headlines at 0725, 0825, 1630 and 1730

Outside of these hours we carry Sky News.

Recent News stories covered on air

Click here

Head of News - Nigel Gould

The programme schedule

The average number of hours of automated programming within weekday daytimes and within daytimes on Saturdays and Sundays:
Monday – Friday 01:00-06:00
Saturday 01:00-06:00 / 21:00-01:00
Sunday 01:00-06:00

The amount of local programming per day produced by the station:
All of Downtown Radio's programming is produced in-house.

Ofcom Localness Guidelines

Station Contact details:
Cool FM and Downtown Radio
Kiltonga Industrial Estate
County Down
BT23 4ES

Tel: 028 9181 5555
Fax: 028 9181 5252

Events/charities support or coverage

Recent programme and/or news highlights:
See the News section

Any other issues or areas of interest likely to impact on localness:

The Station's Playlist

The Station Format
Greater Belfast
Cool FM/Downtown Radio

How to complain to the station or to Ofcom:
If you have a complaint about something you have heard on Downtown Radio in the first instance you should contact us directly. Our contact details are:

Cool FM and Downtown Radio
Kiltonga Industrial Estate
County Down
BT23 4ES

Tel: 028 9181 5555
Email: stuart.robinson@bauermedia.co.uk

If the complaint or comments are about programming heard on the station, please address them to the Programme Director.

If the complaint or comments are regarding advertising, please address them to the Commercial Director.

You can comment on anything you’ve heard on Downtown Radio here.

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