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Cookies Policy


Cookies and how they Benefit You:
Our website uses cookies as almost all websites do, this is to help provide you with the best experience we can. Cookies are small text files that are placed on your computer or mobile phone when you browse websites

Our Cookies Help Us:

  • Make our website work as you’d expect
  • Save you having to login every time you visit the site
  • Remember your settings during and between visits
  • Improve the speed/security of the site
  • Allow you to share pages with social networks like Facebook

We Do Not Use Cookies To:

  • Collect any personally identifiable information (without your express permission)
  • Collect any sensitive information (without your express permission)
  • Pass personally identifiable data to third parties
  • You can learn more about all the cookies we use below

Granting Us Permission To Use Cookies:
When you first visit this site, or the first time you visit after you have deleted our cookies from your device, you will be presented with a notice informing you that our sites use cookies. That notice will include a link to this statement. If you continue to use the site after being presented with that notice, we will assume that you are happy with our use of cookies as described here.

More About Our Cookies

Website Function Cookies:

Ginger Cookie
When visiting the site for the first time after deleting your cookies, you will be presented by a notice informing you that this website uses cookies. This cookie remembers your settings so the next time you visit the site, the notice will not display until you delete the cookie again.

Our Own Cookies:
We use cookies to make our website work including:

  • Determining if you are logged in or not
  • Remembering your search settings
  • Allowing you to add comments to our site
  • There is no way to prevent these cookies being set other than to not use our site.

Third Party Functions:
Our site, like most websites, includes functionality provided by third parties. A common example is an embedded YouTube video. Our site includes the following which use cookies:

  • TuneIn
    Found on the listen page of Hit Music Radio, this 3rd party cookie is part of the Google Analytics system that tracks how many users are listening to us via TuneIn. By monitoring this it can help us to provide a better sustainable service for all.
  • Twitter
    Language monitoring to ensure our Twitter feed is available in your chosen language.
  • YouTube
    This cookie tracks analytics by tracking how many times videos are being viewed.
  • Elgin
    This cookie is found on our latest traffic and travel page and is used to store your preferences of the traffic map you have chosen.

Disabling these cookies will likely break the functions offered by these third parties

Social Website Cookies:
So you can easily “Like” or share our content on the likes of Facebook and Twitter we have included sharing buttons on our site.

Cookies Are Set By:
The privacy implications on this will vary from social network to social network and will be dependent on the privacy settings you have chosen on these networks.

Affiliate Cookies:
We have a number of partners who promote our service on a success-only basis (i.e. instead of paying for advertising, we pay them commissions on sales). Cookies are required to allow us to reward these partners and these cookies are usually provided by specialist companies (known as affiliate networks). Neither us, the networks, or the partner advertising or recommending our services are able to identify you personally.

Our Affiliate Cookies Are Provided By:

  • Amazon

Turning Cookies Off:
You can usually switch cookies off by adjusting your browser settings to stop it from accepting cookies. Doing so however will likely limit the functionality of our site and a large proportion of the world’s websites as cookies are a standard part of most modern websites

It may be that you concerns around cookies relate to so called “spyware”. Rather than switching off cookies in your browser you may find that anti-spyware software achieves the same objective by automatically deleting cookies considered to be invasive.