Public File

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 including which bulletins provide local news and which provide only UK-wide bulletins

Local Bulletins (including Scottish News and Sport at certain times)

Monday – Friday    


0600 to 1900



0700 to 1200 and 1800



0700 to 1600

National Bulletins




0200 to 0600



0200 to 0600 and 2200

Recent News stories covered on air

The News Team

Max Steele
Andrew Murray
Shiona McCallum

The programme schedule

The average number of hours of automated programming within weekday daytimes and within daytimes on Saturdays and Sundays:


The amount of local programming per day produced by the station:

Monday to Friday 11 hours
Saturday 4 hours
Sunday 4 hours

Ofcom Localness Guidelines

Station Contact details:
Radio Forth
Forth House
Forth Street

Tel: 0131 556 9255

Events/charities support or coverage:

The annual Radio Forth Awards took place on 20th November 2014 at Edinburgh’s iconic Usher Hall. The event saw Scouting for Girls, Pixie Lott & Boy George Erasure all appear to collect awards and perform at the ceremony. The event is designed to give listeners a chance to recognise local community, business and sporting heroes in addition to voting for the musicians who impressed them the most last year. Award categories range from top teacher, best pub or club, leading tourist attraction and best Fringe performance. At the event, local winners accept their prizes alongside some of the top names in music and entertainment. The highlights of the last ten years can be viewed here:

Radio Forth on the Fringe is our annual one stop shop for all the essential acts you need to see at the Edinburgh Festival. In 2014 in took place on Friday 1st and Saturday 2nd August at The Edinburgh Playhouse, featuring a selection of comedy, music, cabaret and dance. Forth 1's Breakfast show hosts, Boogie and Arlene hosted on both nights.

We were also delighted in 2014 to continue as media partner for The Edinburgh Marathon and Edinburgh’s Christmas and Hogmanay.

Radio Forth’s Cash for Kids has been helping local children for 30 years. To date we have raised well over £3,000,000 and have helped over 870,000 children. In the past year we have raised £300,000 to improve the lives of local children who may be disadvantaged through poverty, have helped provide medical equipment to improve the lives of disabled children and have helped with funding for local organisations who work with children.  Campaigns this year have included our on air auction, Christmas Toy Appeal & Family Day.  We are well on target to hit our target of half a million this year and this is done to the efforts from our listeners and our many corporate partners who work tirelessly to raise funds for Radio Forth’s Cash for Kids.

Recent programme and/or news highlights:
See the News section

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

The Station's Playlist

The Station Format
Forth 1 plays a variety of music from today and from the past 15 years or so.  We delve slightly further back in time some days, with Grant Stott’s weekday Top 10 at 10.

How to complain to the station or to Ofcom: If you have a complaint about something you have heard on Forth 1 in the first instance you should contact us directly. Our contact details are:

Forth House
Forth Street

Tel: 0131 556 9255

Your main contacts at Radio Forth are:


Station Director


Cathy Kirk

Sales Director


Craig Lumsdaine

Content Controller


Phil Manzor

News Editor


Max Steele

Sponsorship & Promotions Manager


Oona McGinnis

Chief Engineer


Douglas Paterson

Events Manager


Richie Jeffrey

Website and Interactive Editor


Fiona Gray

Cash for Kids Managers


Rachel Smith

PA to the Directors


Christine Kennedy

If the complaint or comments are about programming heard on the station, please address them to the Content Controller.

If the complaint or comments are regarding advertising, please address them to the Sales Director.

You can comment on anything you’ve heard on Forth 1 here.

Details on how to complain directly to Ofcom can be found on the Ofcom website.