Broadcasting Standards

airUK is proud to publish the standards by which our team are expected to abide, both when broadcasting, and when representing airUK in other environments. We believe in being fair and transparent with our listeners, and also with our presenters, who fund our existence.

These standards also clarify what we regard as a complaint, and how we will deal with our listeners when things go wrong.

Music

Tracks played on airUK will be of commercial quality, currently, or having been, commercially available, except when performed live for the purpose of broadcast (live performance at an event covered by airUK, for example).

Tracks do not need to be in English, however should not:

  • contain profanities in any language;
  • glorify, promote or suggest discrimination or acts thereof, based on gender, age, race, religious belief or any other aspect of a person or group of persons;
  • not be broadcast from online video services, such as (but not limited to) YouTube or Vimeo, or hosted on third party aggregate sites such as social media sites

Programmes

All programmes on airUK will be deemed suitable for an audience of all ages, whatever the time of the broadcast. As with the ‘Music’ section above, there will be no -isms, and programmes will not be overtly religious in nature. Specific exceptions are for Easter and Christmas.

Programmes may be networked (broadcast on multiple stations) but this must be agreed beforehand, and references to individual radio stations shall not be present. Networked programmes may have their own website and social media profiles, and these are permitted to be promoted. In such case, either all or none of the broadcast stations should be listed, with no preference given to any one.

Demonstrated Skills

All presenters on airUK must be able to:

  • Link songs appropriately, either with jingles or spoken segues;
  • Provide any scripted messaging accurately and confidently;
  • Handle any technical problems with good humour and confidence (sometimes it helps to make a ‘joke’ of the error)

No presenters will use obscene language on air, nor permit guests to do so.

Presenters will not provide any negative commentary against the radio station and any comments against other stations should be avoided, or obviously light-hearted.

Presenters may be required to relay breaking news and, where this is required, would not necessarily be expected to provide a ‘polished’ performance. Breaking news stories should be verified before broadcast and should appear on at least two of the following news sources before being aired:

  • BBC News (online, TV or Radio);
  • Reuters News Agency;
  • The Press Association;
  • Sky News; or
  • ITN / Channel 4 News (same source provider).


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