The Radiocommunications Agency Netherlands (AT) is stepping up action to prevent
illegal radio radio broadcasts. The agency will not only close down stations
that are on the air without permit, but will also target aerial towers
“obviously intended for illegal broadcasts”.
As a first step, AT inspectors will pay warning visits to land and home owners
on whose premises suspicious constructions are spotted. “If these are used
illegally, they will be fined 2,500 euros plus a conditional fine of 2,250.” The
total fine that illegal broadcasters risk “can total up to 33,750 euros”,
according to AT spokesman Gernant Deekens.
The new approach will first be used in the relatively rural northeastern
province of Drenthe. Pirate stations are often run from hideouts in sheds and
barns, playing popular music to a local audience for a couple of hours a day. It
is often felt that “official” radiostations are catering insufficiently for
regional tastes, prompting enterprising individuals to set up their own
transmissions on AM or FM. The quality of the transmitters is often such that
the broadcasts are causing interference on other channels, often without the
pirates even being aware of it.
“Pirate radios are causing a lot of trouble in the north and east of the
Netherlands,” according to AT Chief Inspector Peter Spijkerman. “Their illegal
broadcasts are interfering with legal radio stations here and in neighbouring
Germany. Air traffic communication, too, is disrupted by illegal transmissions.
This can lead to dangerous situations. We primarily want to take preventive
action, but if people break the law, we’ll give the pirates tit for tat,” Mr
We’re very pleased to be able to announce that Ofcom has awarded Susy Radio
a full time Community Radio Licence. We have been the voice of local radio
in Redhill, Reigate and Banstead since 1996, and we have enjoyed great local
support over the years in our once and sometimes twice yearly broadcasts.
The granting of this licence will allow us to build on this and continue
full time as the area’s only local community radio station.
Everyone involved is thrilled at this wonderful news and further
announcements as to timetable will be made on this site as well as on our
Facebook page, and our new Twitter feed (follow @SusyRadio) for all the
“Community Radio for Redhill, Reigate and Banstead, established 1996 “
[Moderator: http://www.ofcom.org.uk/media/news/2010/06/nr_201006171 has details
of seven successful applicants (four on mediumwave) and sixteen unsuccessful
applicants. Susy though has been offered an FM licence so sadly won’t get the
coverage we used to enjoy on 531 kHz]
Fascinating 24 minute video interview by Jonathan Marks with Margaret Howard on
her career with BBC World Service, Radio 4, Radio 2 and Classic FM, what a
Includes her remembering accepting an award from ANARC at the Montreal
Convention and a shot of it:
Public sector pay review ‘to exclude BBC’
A government review of the disparities in public sector pay being led by economist Will Hutton will reportedly be prevented from examining pay levels at the BBC.
Despite the corporation offering some of the highest salaries of any public sector body, the Treasury has opted against including it in the review.
According to The Guardian, the decision was taken because the BBC and Royal Mail, which has also been excluded from the review, are able to draw on independent revenue streams beyond taxpayer funding.
Prime minister David Cameron has tasked Hutton with examining the disparities in public sector pay, which can see some top executives earning 20 times more than lower paid staff.
In his review, centre-left writer Hutton will be able to look at pay levels at non-departmental bodies, quangos, regulators, local government bodies and the NHS.
The BBC has faced staunch criticism for its pay to senior staff and on-screen talent, but has recently tried to increase openness around its salary and bonus payments.
However, the new coalition government confirmed plans last month to fully open up the corporation’s accounts to the National Audit Office as part of efforts to increase levels of transparency.
Peston ‘joins Radio 4 controller running’
BBC business editor Robert Peston has reportedly emerged as a candidate in the race to become the next controller of Radio 4.
According to The Guardian, Peston was interviewed by the BBC last week for the chance to succeed Radio 4 controller Mark Damazer when he leaves the BBC in mid-September.
Peston, who has acted as the BBC’s business editor since 2006, has become one of the corporation’s biggest stars for his business reporting, particularly on the collapse of Northern Rock.
Prior to joining the BBC, he was the political and financial editor of The Financial Times.
However, his candidature for the Radio 4 job will be surprising to some as Peston was widely expected to succeed the BBC’s political editor Nick Robinson, who in turn was tipped to transfer to Radio 4’s Today programme.
The Radio 4 controller recruitment process is thought to be at an early stage, with an extensive list of candidates being invited to make written submissions of their ideas before going into a two-stage interview process.
Earlier in the week, it emerged that Mark Lawson, host of Radio 4’s arts programme Front Row, had also been interviewed for the top job at the station.
Nicolas Sarkozy visits BBC Radio studio
French president Nicolas Sarkozy today visited a BBC Radio studio in London to mark the 70th anniversary of the wartime appeal by general Charles de Gaulle.
On June 18 1940, De Gaulle used the studio at BBC Broadcasting House to issue a rallying call to his fellow countrymen to resist the Nazi occupation.
Just a day before the broadcast, marshal Philippe Petain’s government in France had announced its surrender to the Germans.
The broadcast, which was followed by many more appeals by the general right up to the end of World War II in 1945, was widely viewed as galvanising French resistance in the war.
During his visit today, Sarkozy and his wife Carla Bruni toured the B2 radio studio at BBC Broadcasting House from where De Gaulle made his historic broadcasts.
The president also unveiled a plaque outside Broadcasting House commemorating De Gaulle’s actions and their significance in the war.
The party was then shown around the general’s wartime headquarters in Carlton Gardens, before laying a wreath at De Gaulle’s statue outside.
Later in the day, the French president will meet Prince Charles, before having lunch with Prime Minister David Cameron at Downing Street.