The Pirate FM Public File
It is a regulatory requirement that commercial radio stations in the UK hold a Public File.
The information and links below comprise the Public File for Pirate FM, more information about the Public File obligation can be found at www.ofcom.org.uk
Format: Formats are regulatory documents issued to Ofcom licence holders, they outline what is required of each radio station's programming. The format for Pirate FM is available on the Ofcom website, and can be viewed by clicking here.
Pirate FM, Wilson Way, Redruth, Cornwall, TR15 3XX.
Carn Brea Studios, Barncoose Industrial Estate, Redruth, Cornwall, TR15 3RQ
Registered in England & Wales: 2552870
Telephone: Main Switchboard:
Operational Information :
Transmission: PIRATE FM broadcasts on 102.8 from the Carn Brea transmitter site near Redruth and on 102.2 from Caradon Hill near Liskeard. Pirate FM is also available on DAB, Digital Radio. We cover the whole of Cornwall using these two transmitter sites.
For coverage map please click here.
Automation: Pirate FM automates some of its programming. On average this amounts to around two hours of daytime output.
Local production: All programming on Pirate FM is produced and presented locally from our studios in Redruth with the exception of the Big Top 40 Show which is a networked show that is broadcast on other commercial radio stations around the UK. You can read more about Ofcom's localness guidelines here.
Local Information and Support:
The charitable arm of Pirate FM is called The Pirate Trust, across the year we are running our Cornwall In Need Appeal which raises cash for individuals and organisations in need of financial support in the Duchy.
Regular traffic news and weather reports are on air throughout daytime hours. We also provide our Helpdesk and our What's On Guide as additional services to our listeners.
News Contact Information:
News Editor Tristan Hunkin. Deputy Head of News: Emma Carton. Journalist: Rachel Yates and Sarah Yeoman. If you have a news story for us call 01209 314314 or email Tristan:
See our latest stories.
We have locally generated news bulletins on the hour from 6am to 6pm Monday to Friday with headlines at 6.30am, 7.30am and 8.30am.
Weekend local bulletins run from 7am to 1pm on Saturday, and 8am to 2pm on Sunday. This weekend material, having been researched, produced and written in Cornwall may, on occasion, be read from elsewhere. At all other times we carry national and international news on the hour from Sky News.
Ofcom, the Office of Communications are the independent regulator and competition authority for the UK communication industry with responsibilities across television, radio, telecommunications and wireless communications services.
For more info on Ofcom click here
If you have a complaint about something you have heard on Pirate FM in the first instance you should contact our Programme Controller, Neil Caddy Tel: 01209 314400 or email email@example.com.
Pirate FM plays a melodic adult contemporary style of music which allows us to play a big variety of songs. There are categories that represent music from the 60's, 70's, 80's, 90's and the 2000 decades, as well as recurrent songs and the latest ‘playlisted' music which highlights the most popular music of today.
An example of a workday hour is as follows:
Huey Lewis and the News - The Power of Love
Sia - Cheap Thrills
Boyzone - Picture of You
Michael Jackson - The Way You Make Me Feel
Tom O'Dell - Magnetised
Nicole Sherzinger - Don't Hold Your Breath
Nina Simone - Feeling Good
Meghan Trainor - No
Stereophonics - Handbags and Gladrags
Whitney Houston - I Wanna Dance with Somebody
Jess Glynne - Don't Be So Hard on Yourself
Robbie Williams - Let Me Entertain You
Adele - Hello
Scouting for Girls - This Ain't a Love Song
You can view the current on-air schedule here.
Pirate FM Soundcheck:
Pirate FM listeners choose the music we play. We recognise that playing the favourite music of our listeners is very important so for this reason we have The Soundcheck. Listeners can join by clicking here. On a regular basis, our members are invited by email to take part in a music survey where they get to hear the ‘hooks' of a selection of songs. A member of the Soundcheck has the chance to say whether it is a song they love, like or dislike and are even asked whether it is heard too much or too little. We react accordingly by using this data to decide whether certain songs should be played or not, or whether their rotation should be reduced...or indeed in some instances, increased.