Public File

107.8 Academy FM's Public File

  1. What is the Public File?
  2. News Bulletins
  3. Recent Local News
  4. Programme Schedule
  5. Automation and Local Programming
  6. Any other issues or areas of interest, likely to impact on localness
  7. Events & Charities we support
  8. Coverage Highlights
  9. Music Playlist
  10. The Format
  11. Ofcom Localness Guidelines
  12. Contact Us
  13. How to Complain


1. What is the 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.
The Public File is available on-line and as a printout. Any comments on the file can be made to us or Ofcom.


2. News Bulletins:

Below are details of how often we broadcast news bulletins and whether they are local, national or international news.

Monday to Friday

Local, National & World News

0600, 0700, 0730L, 0800, 0830L, 0900, 0930L, 1000, 1100, 1200, 1300, 1400, 1500, 1530L, 1600, 1630L, 1700, 1730L, 1800

National & World News

0000, 0100, 0200, 0300, 0400, 0500, 1900, 2300


National & World News

0000, 0100, 0200, 0300, 0400, 0500, 0600, 0700, 0800, 0900, 1000, 1100, 1200, 1300, 1400, 1500, 1600, 1700, 1800, 1900


National & World News

0200, 0300, 0400, 0500, 0600, 0700, 0800, 0900, 1000, 1100, 1200, 1300, 1400, 1500, 1600, 1700, 1800, 1900 2000, 2100, 2200, 2300



3. Recent News:

107.8 Academy FM’s most recent local stories can be found here.

4. News:

You can contact 107.8 Academy FM on 01843 572538 or e-mail the team on

5. Programme Schedule:

107.8 Academy FM’s Programme Schedule can be found here

6. Automation & Local Programming:

Sometimes it is necessary to pre-record (automate) programmes on the station. Currently, we automate 9 hours during weekdays (2100 to 0600), 8 hours on a Saturday (2200 to 0600) and 9 hours on a Sunday (2100 to 0600).
All output broadcast on 107.8 Academy FM – Thanet is locally produced.

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

There are no current issues that impact the localness of the station.


8. Events & Charities we support:

107.8 Academy FM – Thanet is very active in the support of local charities, and works with a number of organisations on events through the year and will be invited in for interviews and to record community action spots.
Charities we have worked with in recent months include Kent Air Ambulance, British Heart Foundation, R.S.P.C.A., Rotary Clubs of Margate and Ramsgate, etc. 107.8 Academy FM – Thanet supports local charities and non-profit organisations through its ‘Community Action’ feature. Details are broadcast of upcoming charity events, and appeals are made for volunteers when necessary.
107.8 Academy FM – Thanet will support, attend and broadcasts from local events whenever possible, and promote them in its ‘Thanet Events’ guide feature which is on-air throughout the day, seven days a week and available on the station website.

Events we will be regularly involved with include:

  • Local Carnivals
  • Broadstairs Water Gala
  • Broadstairs Folk Week
  • Ramsgate Rocks
  • Local fetes, etc.

9. Recent Programme and/or News Highlights:

We keep our website up to date with all the latest happenings at 107.8 Academy FM, so if you want to know what we’re up to, then please visit the homepage at If you have any specific questions, then our Contact Us section contains details of how to get in touch with us.

10. Music Playlist:

To give you an idea of our music, below is a couple of hours from 12th August 2017

  • Dancing Queen – Abba
  • Morning Sun – Robbie Williams
  • Kiss Me – Sixpence None The Richer
  • I Feel For You – Chaka Khan
  • Love Song – Sarah Bareilles
  • Living On My Own – Freddie Mercury
  • So What – Pink
  • If We Ever Meet Again – Timbaland/Katy Perry
  • I’m Gonna Be 500 Miles – Proclaimers
  • Missing – Everything But The Girl
  • Bad Romance – Lady Gaga
  • Down To Earth – Curiosity Killed The Cat
  • Just Say Yes – Snow Patrol
  • Why Don’t You – Gramophonedzie
  • Oh Pretty Woman – Roy Orbison
  • I’m Still Standing – Elton John
  • Baker Street – Gerry Rafferty
  • The Way Love Goes – Lemar
  • Drop The Pilot – Joan Armatrading
  • MMMBop – Hanson
  • Said It All – Take That
  • Can’t Take My Eyes Off You – Boystown Gang
  • Upside Down – Paloma Faith
  • Walking On The Moon – Police
  • For Your Babies – Simply Red
  • Fireflies – Owl City
  • Love Plus One – Haircut 100
  • Break Your Heart – Taio Cruz
  • We’ve Gotta Get Out Of This
  • Place – Animals
  • Girls – Sugababes
  • Dreadlock Holiday – 10cc
  • Going Underground – Jam

11. The Format:

All local radio stations have written ‘formats’ that they must follow at all times, read 107.8 Academy FM – Thanet’s here

12. Ofcom Localness Guidelines:

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

13. Contact us:

107.8 Academy FM – Thanet
C/O The Royal Harbour Academy
Stirling Way
CT12 6NB

Telephone – 01843 572538
Fax – 01843 591756

E-mail – or

Telephone: 01843 808234
Text: 01843 808234 (start the message with “academy”)
Travel Line: 01843 808234
Facebook and Twitter available

14. How to Complain:

If you have a complaint to make about this station, in the first instance you should contact the Station Manager. If you are unhappy with the response you receive, you can contact Ofcom (the industry regulator) on 020 7981 3040 or via their website

Our Supporters

Here you can see the local businesses that support us by being a corporate sponsor

THE HARVEST PARTNERSHIP LTD is an Independent Financial Adviser specialising in pension and investment arrangements for income and capital growth. Our clients include private individuals, charities, private trusts and churches. The advice we offer is professional, bespoke and scrupulously independent.
Chartwell House by Boutique Care Homes
Chartwell House is located very close to Broadstairs town centre, Kent. The home is situated a stone’s throw away from Westwood Cross Shopping Centre with easy access to local shops, restaurants and amenities. Our vision for Chartwell House is to be an integral part of the community, providing dedicated and compassionate care for the older generation. We provide dedicated and personalised care in a home-from-home environment for your loved one. This gives you the peace of mind that, when choosing care homes in Kent, residents at Chartwell House are always well cared for. As a family run company, strong family values are at the heart of everything we do.
Turner Jackson & Day
Turner Jackson Day Associates is a design-led architectural studio working with private clients, developers, and main contractors across Whitstable, Herne Bay, Canterbury, Faversham, Thanet, and throughout Kent and the South East.
Community Ad
At CommunityAd, the mission is to bring together each and every community to buy local and celebrate local success through CommunityAd’s community magazines. If there’s something you need to share with your local community, do get in touch.
Talk It Out
We are a Social Group based in Deal especially for people and carers of people suffering with Anxiety/ Depression.
The Line Rangers
We offer Line Dancing Classes in Birchington, Westgate and Monkton. We are also available for parties and other special occasions.
Danny Jeffery Interiors
We offer a comprehensive selection of premium carpet and flooring solutions for every style and budget, as well as blinds to suit all tastes.
Busywebs Web Design
Busywebs are Thanet's longest-running web designers offering professional low-cost websites with an unbeatable service throughout.