Dearne FM 102 & 97.1 FM is the local radio station for Barnsley, Dearne Valley and Penistone, and 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. It is relevant only to "Dearne FM 102” covering Barnsley and the Dearne Valley on 102FM and Penistone on 97.1FM. You can also listen to us on-line 24 hours a day
The Office of Communications, is the independent regulator and competition authority for the UK communications industries, with responsibilities across television, radio, telecommunications and wireless communications services. They have a website here
All local radio stations have written ‘formats', laid down by Ofcom, that they must follow at all times. For Dearne FM 102 you can see ours here.Station Format
Operational information Transmission: Dearne FM 102 is available on102FM across Barnsley and the Dearne Valley and Penistone on 97.1FM. You can also listen to us on-line.
Local production: Dearne FM is locally produced 24 hours a day except for 3 hours on a Sunday when we carry the Big Top 40 UK chart show.
News Bulletin Schedule
Local News bulletins are broadcast Monday to Friday hourly 7am - 6pm, with headlines and sport at 6.30, 7.30, 8.30am, and further sports news at 5 and 6pm. At relevant times additional news bulletins may be broadcast. Bulletins between 7pm and 6am are syndicated and provided by IRN.
At weekends Local Bulletins are broadcast from 8am - 1pm.
To view National News headlines 24 hours a day visit our national new page here
Local travel information is broadcast between 6am-10am and 2pm-7pm Monday to Friday, with additional updates throughout the day as and when necessary.
Recent programme and/or news highlights
We were nominated in the Nations and Regions Awards 2005. For a rundown of recent programme/news highlights please refer to our homepage here. We welcome any comments or questions you may have. For details on how to get in touch please refer to our contact us page here
The News Team
Tina Masters - News Manager
May Norman – Senior Journalist
Claire Whitfield - Senior Journalist
James Bolton - Journalist
Billy Bankes – Journalist
Nick Fromont – Journalist
Ruth Etherington – Journalist
You can contact Dearne FM's newsroom on 01302 738383, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Programme Schedule
Dearne FM's programme schedule is here
Events/ Charities Support or Coverage
Information about the new music we play is shown in the New Music File
Station Contact Details
If you've any further questions, you can find all our contact details here
How to compain
Dearne FM is part of the Lincs FM Group and operates a complaints procedure which refers all complaints to the Group Director of Programming for investigation and response. To lodge a complaint please contact Dearne FM using the normal station contact details. Complaints can also be made to Ofcom, for details please click here
For interference from pirate radio stations you can contact OFCOM and make a specific report at: https://stakeholders.ofcom.org.uk/tell-us/pirate-radio-listeners-report