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    
Monday - Friday   Hourly 06:00 to 19:00 and also 06:30, 08:30, 16:30, 17:30 and 18:30
Saturday   Hourly 09:00 to 13:00 (including North of England bulletins at 07:00 to 08:00 and 14:00 to 18:00)
Sunday       Hourly 09:00 to 13:00 (including North of England bulletins at 07:00 to 08:00 and 14:00 to 16:00)
National Bulletins    
Monday - Friday   Hourly 00:00 to 05:00 and 20:00 to 23:00
Saturday   Hourly 00:00 to 08:00 and 19:00 to 23:00
Sunday       Hourly 00:00 to 08:00 to 19:00 to 23:00



Recent News stories covered on air


News Team

Jim Foulger
Claire Warren
Katie Radley
Charlotte Frost
Bethan Davies
  Head of News
Senior Reporter
Breakfast Newsreader



The programme schedule


The average number of hours of automated programming within weekday daytimes and within daytimes on Saturdays and Sundays:
Radio Aire automates some of it's output using computer technology, however other than significant public holidays, the only automation used is 2-3pm weekdays and 6-10pm Saturdays.

The amount of local programming per day produced by the station:
All programming on Radio Aire is produced and presented locally in our studios on Burley Road in Leeds, with the exception of the following networked shows.
Monday to Friday: 00:00 - 06:00, 14:00 - 15:00 & 19:00 - 00:00
Saturday: 00:00 - 14:00 & 18:00 - 00:00
Sunday: 00:00 - 12:00 & 16:00 - 00:00

Ofcom Localness Guidelines

Station Contact details:
96.3 Radio Aire
51 Burley Road

Tel: 0113 283 5500
Fax: 0113 283 5501

Content Controller: Alex Vladev -
Commercial Director: Dawn Gibson -
Senior Reporter: Claire Warren -
Charity manager: Lisa Sullivan -

Radio Aire & Magic 828’s Cash for Kids
Events/charities support or coverage:
Cash For Kids is the official charity of 96.3 Radio Aire & Magic 828 (Registered Charity no. 1122062). Cash for Kids has raised millions of pounds to help sick, disabled and disadvantaged children in Leeds and West Yorkshire. Every penny raised stays in this region to support thousands of the most needy local children. Cash for Kids provides grants for individuals, other children’s charities, community groups and the health sector.

Highlights include:
Radio Aire & Magic 828’s Cash for Kids raised £890,000 in 2012, supporting over 23,000 of the neediest local children in Leeds and West Yorkshire.
In the summer Cash for Kids obtained over £20,000 worth of tickets and family activities for deprived local families as part of “Family Day”.
Radio Aire & Magic 828’s Cash for Kids delivered £504,700 worth of gifts to over 15,000 local children who were at risk of waking up to nothing on Christmas morning.
To view the photos and videos of the children that we support and make a difference with Mission Christmas please visit;

Party in the Park is run by Radio Aire and Leeds City Council and takes place each July at Temple Newsam Park. This year’s event was attended by approaching 40,000 people to see acts such as Olly Murs, Scouting for Girls, Blue and Dizzee Rascal perform live.

Recent programme and/or news highlights:

See the News section

Radio Aire prides itself on providing the city of Leeds with the best possible information and entertainment. Our news bulletins often provide coverage of local campaigns and initiatives which aim to make a real difference to life in Leeds.

Our programmes regularly offer listeners the chance to share stories and experiences and to win tickets for local events as well as desirable gadgets and experiences.

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

The Station's Playlist

The Station Format
A contemporary and chart music and information station for 15-44 year olds in the Leeds area.

How to complain to the station or to Ofcom:
If you have a complaint about something you have heard on 96.3 Radio Aire in the first instance you should contact us directly. Our contact details are:

96.3 Radio Aire
51 Burley Road

Tel: 0113 283 5500
Fax: 0113 283 5501

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 Commercial Director.

You can comment on anything you’ve heard on 96.3 Radio Aire here.

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