Public File

CityBeat 103.2 – Broadcasting via www.CityBeat.Fm, streaming on the TuneIn Radio App and across Central Lancashire and South Ribble on 103.2 FM.

Along with all other local, community and commercial radio stations in the UK, CityBeat 103.2 has to fulfil certain criteria, set by the regulator Ofcom, with respect to the amount of music we play, our speech output, and local content. This is called the ‘Format’, and the Public File is our way of helping you understand how we meet these requirements. A hard copy of the Public File is also available on request in writing, and any questions will be answered in sufficient detail. Any comments on the file can be made by contacting us.


News Bulletins

National news bulletins are broadcast at the following times, containing a mixture of local, national and international news together with entertainment and sports news.

Mon-Fri: News is broadcasted at the top of the hour, every hour between 12am Monday morning and 11pm on the following evening.

Sat: News is broadcasted at the top of the hour, every hour between 12am on Saturday morning and 10pm on Saturday evening.

Sun: National news bulletins are not broadcast on a Sunday.

The audio and journalistic content of these bulletins remains the sole responsibility of the Radio News Hub and City Beat does not hold influence or control in the nature or context of the broadcast. The news broadcast will be clearly identified to listeners as a broadcast by the Radio News Hub and listeners will always be made aware both prior to, and at the start of the hourly broadcast of the contents source.

In the event of a significant news event, City Beat may chose without prior notice to its audience to switch to any exceptional coverage provided by the Radio News team.

Local news bulletins are broadcast at the following times, containing a mixture of local news, local sports news, criminal charges and public-interest stories. Mon-Fri: 7:30am 8:30am 9:30am 10:30am 11.30am 12.30pm 1.30pm 2.30pm 3.30pm 4:30pm 5:30pm 6:30pm

News Team

If you have any queries about our news, or you think you’ve got an interesting story to tell us about, please get in touch through emailing us (Studio@CityBeat.Fm) or phoning the studio on 01772 446 226.

Please contact the relevant individual:

Kirsty Smith – Head of News

Bradley Hutchingson – News Contributor and Newsreader

Harry  – Newsreader


To view today’s programme schedule, please visit the “schedule” tab on the homepage. If you have any further questions or queries, or wish to become involved in the station’s programming, please contact CityBeat’s programme director, Leroy Allen, by emailing LJ@CityBeat.Fm.

Automation & Local Programming

CityBeat 103.2 broadcasts live from Preston Guild Hall 24/7 and contains a mixture of live, pre-recorded, voice-tracked and automated programming.

Live programming typically features between the following times:

Mon-Fri: 7am until 12am

Sat: 9am until 11pm

Sun: 10am until 8pm

Pre-recorded and/or voice-tracked content appears between the following hours:

Mon-Fri: 12-1am Fri: 7pm until 9pm

Sat: 6pm until 9pm

Sun: 8pm until 12am

Automated content features prominently overnights and during the following periods:

Mon-Fri: 1am until 7am, with a “Rewind Overnight” show and a “Non-Stop Early Breakfast”

Sat: 1am until 9am and 11pm until 12am

Sun: 12am until 10am

Our Music

CityBeat operate several music policies depending on the time of day. Between 4am and 7pm, there is a strict focus on new, fresh music with the most exciting, popular artists dominating the playlist. Between 10am and 1pm, there are several Rewind classics, from the 90s, 00s and 10s, added to captivate a workplace audience. Between 7pm and 11pm, the station operates a “specialist music” policy, featuring shows with presenters who have an expert and professional knowledge of a specific genre of music, such as Reggae, RnB or Rock, and can include music from all generations. Between 11pm and 4am, the station’s music policy reverts to a “Best Music Mix” formulae, with a wide selection of music played from the period between 2010 and 2016. The Rewind, between 1am and 4am, also adds several 90s and 00s.

To give you an idea of the station’s music policy, here is a brief example of the most-played songs on our Daytime Playlist: (20th May 2016)

  • This Is What We Came For – Calvin Harris, ft Rihanna
  • Can’t Stop The Feeling – Justin Timberlake
  • New Romantics – Taylor Swift
  • No Worries – David Guetta
  • Dangerous Women – Arianna Grande
  • Kiss It Better – Rihanna
  • Toothbrush – DNCE
  • Close – Nick Jones, ft Tove Lo
  • In Ibiza – Mike Posner
  • Lush Life – Zara Larson

The ‘Format’

The format is the official document issued by Ofcom, and contains percentages of speech and music output. You can see it at the following link:

How to contact us City Beat 103.2FM

City Beat Media Studios

Preston Guild Hall

Lancaster Road



There are several ways to contact CityBeat:

Phone: 01772 446 226

Email: Studio@CityBeat.Fm

Web: www.CityBeat.Fm

Facebook: /CityBeat1032

Twitter: @CityBeatFM

“Who’s Who?” Guide

If you wish to contact the station regarding anything, please address your message to the relevant individual:

Programme Controller – Leroy Allen

Station Manager –  Anthony Gilmour

Marketing and Imaging – Darren Ofsarnie

Head of News – Kirsty Smith

Head of Sport – Bradley Hutchingson

Sales and Advertising – Dedicated Team

Events and Promotions – Ben Martin

News and Web Editor – Ben Martin & Kirsty Smith

Social Media Managers – Graham Swift and Brad Hutchinson

How to Complain

If you have cause to complain about any part of the output from CityBeat 103.2, for example, something you have heard – an advertisement or news story – in the first instance, please contact the Programme Manager Leroy Allen by emailing LJ@CityBeat.Fm or by contacting Station Manager Anthony Gilmour on (01772)446226

If you are not satisfied with the response you can contact Ofcom (the industry regulator) by writing to: Ofcom Riverside House 2a Southwark Bridge Road London SE1 9HA Or you may telephone Ofcom on 020 7981 3040 .