105.9 Academy FM Folkestone - Public File



1 What is the Public File?

2 News Bulletins

3 Recent Local News

4 Programme Schedule

5 Automation and Local Programming

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

7 Events & Charities we support

8 Coverage Highlights

9 Music Playlist

10 The Format

11 Ofcom Localness Guidelines

12 Contact Us

13 How to Complain




1 What is the Public File?

Each local community 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.

The Public File is available on-line, and as a print out. Any comments on the file can be made to us or Ofcom




2 News Bulletins:

Below are details of how often we broadcast news bulletins and whether they are local, national or international news.

Every hour, on the hour, every day we broadcast a 2 minute National & International bulletin from Sky. We also broadcast local bulletins Monday to Friday at 0730, 0830,0930, 13:02, 16:30, 17:30




3 Recent News:

105.9 Academy FM’s most recent local stories can be found here



4 News:

You can contact 105.9 Academy FM on 01303 72 1059 or email the news team on news@academyfmfolkestone.com




5 Programme Schedule:

105.9 Academy FM’s Programme Schedule can be found here



6 Automation & Local Programming:

Sometimes it is necessary to automate programmes on the station. Currently we automate from 9pm to 6:30am on Mon & Thurs night, 10pm to 6:30am on Tues and Weds, 11pm to 7am on Friday and Sat night, and 8pm to 6:30am on Sun night.

All output broadcast on 105.9 Academy FM – Folkestone is locally produced apart from our bilingual French / English educational rap music programme ‘Cross Channel Rap Battle’, which is a bespoke production for 105.9 Academy FM made in the studios of French Radio London.




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

There are no current issues that impact on the localness of the station.




8 Events & Charities we support:

105.9 Academy FM Folkestone is very active in the support of local charities, and works with a number of organisations to broadcast their message.

Charities we have worked with in recent months include: The Folkestone Rainbow Centre, The Lord Whisky Animal Sanctuary, St Saviours Community Centre, The British Red Cross. 105.9 Academy FM – Folkestone supports local charities and non-profit organisations through its Community Contacts feature. Details are broadcast of the work of the charity and what they offer people in need, and appeals are made for volunteers when necessary.

105.9 Academy FM – Folkestone will support, attend and broadcasts from local events whenever possible, and promote them in its ‘What’s On’ guide feature which is on-air throughout the day, seven days a week.

Events we will be regularly involved with include:

Local Carnivals,

Skabour Music Festival

Folkestone Book Festival

Folkestone Triennial




9 Recent Programme and/or News Highlights:

We keep our website up to date with all the latest happenings at 105.9 Academy FM, so if you want to know what we’re up to, then please visit the homepage at www.academyfmfolkestone.com If you have any specific questions, then our Contact section contains details of how to get in touch with us.




10 Music Playlist:

To give you an idea of our music, below is a couple of hours from Wednesday 27th November 2013


Manic Street Preachers - A Design For Life

The Fratellies - Henrietta

Eskimo Chase - Before The Trap Door

Queen/David Bowie - Under Pressure

Tom Petty and the Hearthbreakers - Learning To Fly

Little Mix - How Ya Doin

David Guetta - When Love Takes Over

Marina & The Diamonds - Primadonna

Kesha - We R Who We R

Black Eyed Peas - Don't Lie

Example - Midnight Run

Foster The People - Pumped Up Kicks

Kylie Minogue - In Your Eyes

All Saints - Never Ever 

Hoosiers - Worried About Ray




11 The Format:

All local radio stations have written ‘formats’ that they must follow at all times.




12 Ofcom Localness Guidelines:

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




13 Contact us:


105.9 Academy FM Folkestone

Folkestone Academy

Academy Lane


CT19 5FP


Telephone: 01303 72 1059

E-mail: Station Manager: dave.sharp@academyfmfolkestone.com


Telephone: 01303 72 1059

Text: 01303 72 1059

Email: studio@academyfmfolkestone.com




14 How to Complain:

If you have a complaint to make about this station, in the first instance you should contact the Station Manager – Dave Sharp (dave.sharp@academyfmfolkestone.com). If you are unhappy with the response you receive, you can contact Ofcom (the industry regulator) on 020 7981 3040 or via their website www.ofcom.org.uk