Public File

Dearne 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” covering Barnsley and the Dearne Valley and Penistone. You can also listen to us on-line 24 hours a day.


Ofcom, 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 at

To report interference by illegal broadcasters to Ofcom please use the following link


All local radio stations have written ‘formats’, laid down by Ofcom, that they must follow at all times. For Dearne FM, please click here.

Operational Information

Dearne FM is available on 102 FM across Barnsley and the Dearne Valley and Penistone on 97.1FM. You can also listen to us on-line.

Automation: 14% of Dearne FM's locally produced daytime output is automated.

Some of Dearne FM's daytime programmes are presented "live assist" or "automated".

Local production: Dearne FM is locally produced 24 hours a day.

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 news headlines 24 hours a day visit our news page click here.

Local travel information is broadcast between 6am-10am and 3pm-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
Jemma Hall – Senior Journalist
Joe Beardsall - Journalist
Ben Fearn - Journalist

Natalie Higgins - Journalist

You can contact Dearne FM's newsroom on 01302 738383, or email

The Programme Schedule

To view Dearne FM’s programme schedule, click here.

Events/Charities Support or Coverage

Dearne FM supports charity and non profit making events by providing coverage on our What's On Guide. To send in details or to view events happening in the area click here.

Our Playlist

Information about the music we play is shown here.

Station Contact Details

If you've any further questions, you can find all our contact details here.

How to complain

Dearne FM is part of the Lincs FM Group and operates a complaints procedure which refers all complaints to the Group Director of Operations & Development 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.

Localness Guidelines

For Ofcom Localness Guidelines click here.

Listener Club

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