Public File

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, bulletins on the half-hour between 0600 and 0900 and short news ‘teases’ between 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, may be included.

Recent News stories….

We told the East Midlands about the release of a short film highlighting the dangers of online grooming. It’s based on the murder of Leicestershire teenager Kayleigh Haywood – who was groomed online by a man 12 years older than her in November 2015. The film received more than 3-million views on the day of its release. We’ve also spoken to the aunt of a Leicestershire girl who was mauled to death by a dog in 2013. Lexi Branson’s family are campaigning for statutory requirements to be brought in for rehoming centres.

We also launched a news campaign to get CPR taught in secondary schools after an exclusive Gem News investigation revealed 1 in 3 people in the East Midlands don’t know how to perform it. Throughout the campaign, we heard from a woman who lost her dad to a heart condition and a man who survived a cardiac arrest thanks to his personal trainer.

The News team is managed by the Group News Editor, Vicky Breakwell You may also contact the news team on or on 01159 106 110.

Events/Charities support or coverage

In 2016 Gem launched its very own charity, Cash For Kids. This is a charity which will raise money for children who need it the most, in the East Midlands area only.

Every penny raised stays in the local area. Every year Gem will host huge money raising pieces of activity including campaigns like Mission Christmas that launched Cash For Kids in the East Midlands in the November of 2016. For more on our Cash For Kids campaign just click here.


The station broadcasts twenty four hours a day, with programmes as listed here.

Programme Production

All weekday daytime programming is live, part from the 1400-1500 which is generally automated. Outside of weekday daytime, programmes may be automated

Local Programming

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


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 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 Robin Hood Marathon in Nottingham and the Nottingham 10k. Gem is also the official media partner for Splendour Festival, a family focused festival held in Wollaton Park in Nottingham.

We also support local charity LOROS and support their Twilight Walk through the streets of Leicester every year.

Recent Programme and/or News Highlights

Recent programming highlights included some pre Xmas week specialist programming including a Sam & Amy outside broadcast from St Giles Church, Nottingham. A “Call Santa” promotion where children received their number 1 desired Christmas present, and in January we gave away a holiday every weekday with Airtours. New weekday and weekend programming has also launched in January 2016, please refer to the programmes section to see the latest content broadcast.


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 Contemporary’. Examples of some of the songs we play are here.


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.