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 this station’s Public File.
The Public File is also available on hard copy by post on request by any member of the public, and serves as one indicator of each station’s output. Comments on the contents of the Public File should be made to us, in the first instances and, if necessary to the industry regulator, Ofcom.
Except in special or exceptional circumstances (which may include some bank holiday periods,) the station broadcasts regional news bulletins hourly on weekdays from 0600 until 1900 and bulletins on the half-hour between 0600 and 0900, 1700 and 1900 on weekdays. These 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 are broadcast between 0700 and 1300.
Bulletins originate from our newsrooms in Nottingham or Birmingham, supported by a reporter based in Nottingham.
Additionally, at other times, bulletins containing national and world news, prepared by Sky, are broadcast.
Some of the news stories we’ve carried recently
Our news pages online show some of our most recent stories – click here to read them
The station broadcasts twenty four hours a day, with programmes as listed here.
No programming within daytimes is automated.
Except in special or exceptional circumstances (e.g. outside broadcasts), Gem 106 programmes are generally broadcast from Nottingham twenty four hours a day weekdays. At the weekends, programming remains from Nottingham, apart from programme specials which may be broadcast from other studios around the UK (e.g. The Big Top 40)
Guidelines on localness have been published by our regulator OFCOM, and are available here:www.ofcom.org.uk/radio/ifi/rbl/car/localness
To contact the radio station generally, you may use our ‘contact us’ page and we seek to reply to any emails which raise substantive issues. Should you wish to speak to programme management about some area of output , please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. The station may also be contacted during office hours by phone on 01159 106 110.
Events/Charities support or coverage
The station stages several events and charity initiatives through the year. Gem 106 is the official partner for the Derby 10k Charity Run for the 3rd year in a row. We also support local charity LOROS and recently helped the Nottingham Children’s Hospitals Charity raise more than £80,000 in our Give it Up Appeal.
Recent Programme and/or News Highlights
Our website covers much of the programming (general and, where appropriate, news) which we are proud of. Click here to see our home page.
Recent programming highlights include Retro Petrol, Pay Your Bills and Married by Monday.
Key news stories on Gem 106 recently have included the death of a 13 year old girl at a tram crossing in Nottingham, plans to change the school year for children in Nottingham and a series of features for Adoption Week.
We aim that Gem 106 belongs to the East Midlands. Any suggestions or thoughts on our output are always much valued.
Our output is, under the terms of its Format, ‘Adult Contempory’. Examples of some of the songs we play are on this playlist.
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 here
How to complain
Live, 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 do 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.
If you need to speak to us directly, our weekday office hours phone numbers are above. Should you feel we have not taken the right action regarding a broadcast after contacting us, you may refer the matter to our regulator Ofcom.