Q Radio (North West)

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

Q Radio broadcasts news bulletins 24 hours a day on weekdays.  These bulletins contain a full mix of local, national and world stories, along with sport, weather and entertainment news.  Local produced news is broadcast from 07.00 - 22.00 Weekdays and 09.00 - 18.00 at the weekend, bulletins containing local, national and world news these bulletins are produced and presented from our Belfast newsroom At other times bulletins are produced from our 24 hour newsroom in London via Sky News Radio (IRN)

Head of News – Bob Huggins bob.huggins@goqradio.com

Should you wish to contact any of the reporters in our newsroom, you can email news@goqradio.com or by telephone – Tel: 028 90 890 140

RECENT NEWS STORIES

The iconic Craigavon Bridge is among ten North West buildings to be awarded listed status.

Known by some locals as the old or blue bridge the 20th century structure is the only two-tiered bridge in Northern Ireland.

It’s one of ten new listings in the area including a Cross of Sacrifice in the City Cemetery, Faughanvale Presbyterian Church in Eglinton, Georgian Townhouses on Pump Street and a Windmill Farmhouse in Ballougry.

They join almost 500 buildings within the former Derry City Council region enjoying listed status.

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Derry / Londonderry has been named the ‘Best Kept City’ in Northern Ireland.

The awards are run by the Northern Ireland Amenity Council to highlight towns and villages who work to showcase their communities in a positive light.

The ‘Best Kept City’ category was introduced as a new category for the 2015 awards ceremony which took place in the city’s Guildhall.

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Organisations across Northern Ireland have been awarded £90,245 from the Challenge Fund to develop environmental projects.
Local community groups and schools were invited to submit proposals for environmentally friendly projects in June with 32 winners being chosen across Northern Ireland.
The Department of the Environment finance the fund through the 5p carrier bag levy.
Glendermott Primary School and Nursery Unit have been granted £3,300 to develop the Glendermott Garden Community.
The project will see a disused woodland site will be transformed into an environmental learning resource.
Thornhill College has been awarded £4,000 to develop its ‘Journey to Zero Waste’ recycling programme.

The Programme Schedule
Q Radio Programme Schedule can be found here  

Automated Programming:
Q Radio automated programmes Monday to Friday 02.00 - 06.00, and Weekends from 18.00 - 07.00, occasionally other automated output is broadcast on Q Radio for operational reasons.

Amount of local programming each day produced by station:
Q Radio programming is locally produced and presented for 24 hours each weekday and 24 hours on Saturdays and Sundays.

Ofcom Localness Guidelines and how to complain
Ofcom, the government regulator with responsibilities for local radio, has produced localness guidelines that this station adheres to. These guidelines can be read here.

In addition all local radio stations have written ‘formats’ that they must follow at all times. You can read the below:

If you have a complaint to make about this station, in the first instance you should contact Q Radio at the address below.  If you are unhappy with the response you have received, you can complain directly to the regulator, Ofcom. Their website has full details about how to do this: www.ofcom.org.uk/complain/

Q Radio QHQ,
1st Floor Fountain Centre,
College Street,
Belfast,
BT1 6ET ​​​​​​​

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Sample Playlist

Taylor Swift – Wildest Dreams
Lady GaGa - Poker Face
Erasure - Sometimes
Jess Glynne – Don’t Be So Hard On Yourself
Donna Lewis - I Love you always
Ed Sheeran – Photograph

EVENTS / CHARITY SUPPORT

The ‘Q Diary’ and ‘Around The County’ features enable charities and non-profit making organizations to publicize their events. Just get in touch and tell us the details of your event, and we’ll voice it, and put it on air.
Q Diary is broadcast three times each weekday, and Around The County airs twice a day.

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