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Public File

Radio stations licensed to broadcast in the UK require a ‘Public File’.
Each local community radio station in the UK has obligations with regard to its programmes, including its music and local content. These obligations are set out in the station format which forms part of this station’s public file. The file is available in hard copy by post upon request by a member of the public, and serves as one indicator of each station’s output. Comment on the contents of the public file should be made to the station or to the industry regulator, Ofcom.

Our Service
Huntingdon Community Radio is a community radio station that has broadcast to the Huntingdon area since 1995, building up a solid reputation for quality familiar music, community news, features and active involvement through volunteering.

Huntingdon Community Radio was awarded a full-time licence to broadcast in 2009 and is available via 104FM, on DAB+ in Cambridge and around the world online through this website, a variety of mobile applications, smart speakers and other connected devices. The station broadcasts music, news and features 24 hours a day from our studios in Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire.

Huntingdon Community Radio is a ‘not for profit’ organisation that can raise half its income from grants and donations. Occasionally, you may hear us advertising for donations -any received are contributed to the HCR Trust (registered charity no. 1060739).

The station relies on advertising revenue, fund raising and donations.

Companies House
Huntingdon Community Radio Limited
Company Number: 03238666

Charities Commission
HCR Trust
Charity Number: 1060739

Ofcom Licence Number

News Bulletin Schedule
Huntingdon Community Radio broadcasts News Bulletins in accordance with the following schedule:

National News: On the hour every hour, provided by IRN News.

Weekends & Public Holidays
National News: On the hour every hour, provided by IRN News.

On a Sunday afternoon, a show with talking points around headlines in the local newspapers airs between the hours of  14:00 – 16:00.

News Team
Our news service is managed and operated by the Independent Radio News Network (IRN).  You can find out more about them here.

Community news, including local events and information is provided during daytime shows and some nighttime programming. This is prepared, distributed and regularly updated during the week by a designated volunteer in the form of presenter read-outs.

If you would like to report a local news story for coverage on air, or on our website, you may email news@hcrfm.co.uk which will be directed to our on air studio.

Programme Schedule
Huntingdon Community Radio broadcasts in accordance with the station’s programme schedule. We regularly update our programme schedule to reflect our changes in programming.

Huntingdon Community Radio typically operates automation from 22:00 – 06:00, although links are pre-recorded by a team of presenters except for Saturdays and Sundays 02:00 – 04:00 that are “jukeboxed”.

Local Programming
All shows broadcast on Huntingdon Community Radio are locally produced within our transmission area. The station does not carry networked or syndicated programming.

Ofcom Localness Guidelines
Ofcom, the government regulator with responsibility for local radio, has produced localness guidelines that this station adheres to. These guidelines can be read here.

Station Contact Details
You may find our most up to date contact information, for both on air and off air enquiries on our contact us page.

Events/Charities Support Coverage
If you are a local registered charity, or are holding an event of any kind and would like to receive promotion on air, you may email studio@hcrfm.co.uk at any time. Alternatively, you may contact us using the methods detailed here.

On our website, and occasionally featured on air, we list events taking place in the local area. You are welcome to submit your event details for coverage, and see other events listed, here.

The station also broadcasts a weekly community show, named Over to You. The show is broadcast weeknights between the hours of 19:00 – 20:00 and provides local charities a platform to promote what they do, and engage in a discussion with our host about their impact on the local area. You can find out more about the show here.

Huntingdon Community Radio may occasionally appeal for donations to its own charity, the HCR Trust (registered charity no. 1060739).

Recent Programme/and or News Coverage
Over To You is our flagship community access programme whereby local community groups, not for profit organisations have the chance to promote their group or activity on air for an hour. The show currentlybroadcasts wherever possible on weekdays at 19:00 with monthly strands that include The Sky Tonight (with local astronomers from local astronomical associations), Book Club and Scribblers’ Hour (featuring local writers). Drama is included within these shows in the form of Ambleforth Manor (a sitcom), poetry and children’s stories produced by Wavelengths Productions, our drama unit. Wavelengths also produces an award winning weekly ‘soap’ Huntsford that airs twice a week on Tuesdays and Thursdays during Afternoon Goldwith an omnibus edition that can be heard during Sunday Supplement.

The Bill Hensley Show (formerly County Matters) airs every Sunday at 10:00 and includes local content and views within the county of Cambridgeshire.

Any other issues or areas of interest likely to impact on localness
There are no current issues that impact on the localness of the station.

The station’s playlist
Our complete playlist can be requested by emailing music@hcrfm.co.uk. You may also search back the past 28 days of our played songs, here.

The station format
Huntingdon Community Radio is for the people of Huntingdon, serving the whole community with a variety of music and speech to suit local tastes. It encourages a sense of ownership with input into programming from people and organisations from every section of the community.

The station is a licensed community radio station in the UK, governed by Ofcom. You can read our key commitments here.

If you have a complaint to make about Huntingdon Community Radio, in the first instance please submit your complaint by email to complaints@hcrfm.co.uk. Emails sent to this address will be delivered to a shared inbox accessible by the board of directors, who will then appropriately action your complaint.

Alternatively, you may write to us at:

Huntingdon Community Radio
Papworth Trust Building, Saxongate
Bradbury Place
PE29 3RR

If you are unhappy with the response you receive, you can complain directly to the regulator, Ofcom (https://www.ofcom.org.uk/complaints/complain-about-tv-radio-a-website).