Each local commercial station in the UK has requirements in respect of its music and local content, such as news etc. These requirements are set out in the station 'format', a document issued by Ofcom, the UK media regulator.
The public file contains details of elements which Ofcom regulates over, 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 the community we serve. The public file is available as a print-out request. Any comments on the file can be made to us, or Ofcom.
Under the requirements of our licence agreement with the regulator Ofcom, we are required to keep a public file. This public file is intended to give you an understanding of our music, news and local content.
Each commercial station also has a 'Format' which governs the station's character of service. The format for The Beach can be found on the Ofcom website.
The Beach is the East Coast's radio station. We always welcome comments and feedback from our listeners.
The Beach Regional Managing Director is Phil Caborn.
The Beach Managing Editor is Gareth James.
Please use this link to Contact Us.
Below are details of how often we broadcast news bulletins and whether they are local, national or international news.
Midnight - 5.00am: National/International News (on the hour, every hour)
6.00am-9.00am: Local News (every 30 minutes from 6.00am)
9.00am-7pm: Local News (on the hour, every hour)
8.00pm-midnight: National News (on the hour, every hour)
Midnight - 6.00am: National/International News (on the hour, every hour)
7.00am-1.00pm: Local News (on the hour, every hour)
2.00pm-midnight: National/International News (on the hour, every hour)
Recent News Stories
You can see our latest news stories in the News Centre section of our website.
Automation and Local Programming
Weekday output from 06:00-10:00 & 15:00-19:00, Saturday mornings 07:00-11:00, and Sunday afternoons 15:00-19:00 is produced and presented from our East Anglian broadcast centre in Norwich.
Programming output at other times is often shared with the Breeze Network and produced at various studios owned and operated by Celador Radio Limited. Some automated programming is provided off-peak.
Event and Charity Support
The Beach supports local organisations and charities and broadcasts daily 'what's on guides' whereby charity organisations are given free airtime. We also have an Events Calendar where you can add your local event.
The Beach plays a variety of music from the past six decades and you can see our output by using our Playlist Search.
The format is the regulation document Ofcom issue. You can read or download it from the Ofcom website
Ofcom Localness Guidelines
Ofcom issue Guidelines defining what 'localness' is for a local radio station. You can read them on the Ofcom website.
How to complain to The Beach or Ofcom
If you wish to complain about something you heard on The Beach, you should contact the Programme Director, Gareth James here in the first instance. Your complaint will be fully investigated and swiftly responded to. Please use the contact details above. In the unlikely event that you do not receive a satisfactory response you can then contact Ofcom here.