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103.6FM Tameside Radio's Public File

103.6FM Tameside Radio (also referred to as 'Tameside Radio' or '103.6 Tameside Radio' on-air) is a communtity radio station licensed (#CR000033) by the UK's regulator and competition authority for the country's communications industries Ofcom and operated by Quest Media Network Limited. Tameside Radio's licensed broadcasting area is the Metropolitan Borough of Tameside in Greater Manchester.

Each local community and commercial radio station the UK have obligations to abide by the conditions of it's license and to ensure that the terms set out in Ofcom's Broadcasting Code are adhered to with regard to all of its output. These obligations are listed in our station's Key Commitments, forming part of this Public File. A hard copy of our Public File is available upon request.

What is a Public File?

The Public File contains details of elements of the station output regulated by Ofcom such as the music, news provision, etc. It is intended to give you a better understanding of our output and what we are doing to serve our community.

Localness and Recent Programming & News Highlights

We began broadcasting 30th September 2007 and broadcast to all corners of Tameside in the north east of Greater Manchester from our transmitter located atop Harrop Edge on the Hyde/Hattersley border and around the world via our web streams using our studios located in the heart of our Borough, Ashton. Highlights of programmes (of any type) of particular interest are regularly posted to our social media streams, and all programmes broadcast are uploaded to our Listen Again service on MixCloud. The large majority of our advertisements are also locally produced in-house, adding to our commitment to locally-driven content. All aspects of our output is 100% Tameside born and bred!


Tameside Radio's playlist is a mix of melodic adult contemporary music, however our digital catalogue contains music spanning over the last 60 years. Our music is seperated into categories of decades, with an additional 'Current' (containing new music but also highlighting our listeners' interests) and 'Spice' categories (containing slightly more obscure music from popular artists).

We also welcome local new and unsigned artists who wish to send their music in for broadcast on our specialist 'New and Unsigned' slot or specialist programmes more suiting their style.


National and international news provided by Sky News is broadcast every hour. Tameside Reporter broadcast a local news service on behalf of Tameside Radio for all of it's 'daytime' programmes (Mon-Sun) at the top of each hour between 0700 and 1800 after the Sky News bulletin.

A shortened bulletin from Sky is broadcast Mon-Fri at 0730, 0830, 0930, 1030 and 1530, 1630, 1730, 1830.

In addition to top of hour and half-past bulletins, we also broadcast travel updates Monday-Fridays every 20 minutes between 0700-1000 and 1500-1800.

We also broadcast local current affairs-centric shows on Thursday evenings in the form of the 'What's On' (local events being held during the upcoming week) and 'Reporter' (a look back at news over the week) shows. Friday evenings see a look at the local sporting scene, with Saturday seeing a local football league results and discussion show being broadcast from 3pm.

At the heart of our news operation are our team of journalists and Editor Nigel Skinner. If you have a news story please contact us using the details found below.

Local news stories broadcast on our station can be seen on the Reporter's website.

Programme Schedule

Our schedule can be viewed on our website. On average we broadcast ~14 hours of live programming Monday to Thursday, 18 on Fridays, and 13 at weekend. All of our programming is locally produced in our studios in Ashton town centre, with the exception of outside broadcasts. Which are predominantly held at weekend during 'Your Tameside', where we take to the road to showcase local charity fundays or events.

Events and Charities

The events section on is used to feed details of events to our presenting team to use on-air, and to our programming team to organise outside broadcasts and roadshows.

Tameside Radio is proud to support local chartities and helps them in raising awareness of their work by offering free advertising and various promotional packages using the 'What's On' updates broadcast throughout the day in addition to presenter readouts.

Contact Us

Our postal address is: Tameside Radio, Quest Media Centre, Off Bank Street, Ashton-under-Lyne, OL6 7DN.

Switchboard: 0161 331 2558
General Email:

Programming Enquiries: 0161 331 2103
Studio Line: 0845 582 1036 (calls cost 5ppm + network charges)
Text: 60300 (start message with TAMESIDE - charged at standard network rate)
Studio Email:

Radio & Digital Development Manager: James Dean
News Editor: Nigel Skinner

More contacts can be found on our dedicated contact page.

How to Complain

We welcome feedback from our listeners regarding our output, but if you've heard something we've broadcast that you wish to complain about then please do not hestitate to contact our Radio & Digital Development Manager in the first instance. Please be assured that we will fully investigate your complaint, swiftly respond and the take the necessary action. If you've complained and feel that we haven't taken satisfactory action then you can then contact Ofcom using this page.

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