Q Radio (The North Coast)

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

A small cannabis discovery in Coleraine has led police to a £60,000 underground drugs factory.
120 plants were found in three containers dug into the ground at a property near Maghera.
The trail to the plants started when police stopped a car in Coleraine on Sunday night.
They arrested the 47-year-old driver after finding a small amount of the drug inside the car.
A 22-year-man was arrested in Maghera.

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The plastic bag charge has provided two local groups with a funding boost.
The Glens Red Squirrel Group based in Ballycastle has been awarded £8000.
It will be used to provide a viewing hide and feeding station for various animals.
Compass Advocacy Network in Ballymoney has received a similar amount for an upcycling waste electronics project.
The money comes from the Department of the Environment’s Challenge Fund.

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It has been confirmed that James Nesbitt will take on the role of killer dentist Colin Howell in a new television drama.
The real life story of murder, adultery and cover-up on the North Coast is being brought to the small screen by BAFTA-winning writer Stuart Urban.
The series is based on Deric Henderson’s book Let This Be Our Secret.

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/

Mr Robert Walshe
Managing Director and Head of Programmes
Q Radio QHQ,
1st Floor Fountain Centre,
College Street,
Belfast,
BT1 6ET 

email : robert.walshe@goqradio.com

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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