News – Category ‘All’
Jensen leaves Gold for Smooth
01:28PM, 10 Dec 2010
Aspel talks to community station
12:23PM, 10 Dec 2010
Archers to mark 60 years
12:07PM, 10 Dec 2010
Radioplayer prices announced
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11:11AM, 10 Dec 2010
Jamie Oliver on 5 Live menu
10:58AM, 10 Dec 2010
Howard Stern stays at SIRIUS XM
02:50PM, 09 Dec 2010
UTV want 5 Live review too
10:36AM, 09 Dec 2010
Andi Durrant joins Capital
09:43AM, 09 Dec 2010
Absolute Classic Rock goes North
09:31AM, 09 Dec 2010
UK Parliamentary motion supports Radio Caroline on mediumwave
UK broadcasting regulator Ofrom is being criticised for refusing a mediumwave licence to Radio Caroline, Britain’s first offshore broadcaster. The Conservative MP for Chatham and Aylesford Tracey Crouch has tabled a Commons Early Day Motion*, criticising the decision, saying it means the station is only available on the internet. [In fact it is also available on satellite, at Sky Channel 0199]. She says Caroline “pioneered commercial radio in the UK” and for the last decade has been been “a fully licensed broadcaster”.
The MP urges Ofcom to “exhaust all avenues” to allow Caroline to celebrate its fiftieth birthday in 2014 by allowing it back on the medium wave, where it began in 1964. She says mediumwave appears to be “unwanted” by the BBC and independent stations in the drive towards digital radio.
The motion in full reads:
That this House expresses its disappointment that, having pioneered commercial radio in the UK and for the past decade being a fully licensed broadcaster, Radio Caroline, a cornerstone of British radio history, has been denied by Ofcom the opportunity to secure a medium wave frequency from which to broadcast; regrets that as a result its devoted listeners are confined to listening to Radio Caronline via the internet [sic] and unable to enjoy its musical offerings in transit; and calls on Ofcom to exhaust all avenues in making the provisions available for Radio Caroline to celebrate its 50th birthday in 2014 by broadcasting on a medium wave frequency which, it appears, is unwanted by both BBC and commercial operators as a broadcast platform.
(Source: Paul Rowley via Mike Barraclough)
* An early day motion (EDM), in the Westminster system, is a motion tabled by Members of Parliament for debate “on an early day” (namely an unspecific date in the future). They are only very rarely debated on the floor of the Chamber of the House.
This is apparently an initiative of Radio Caroline itself. The station’s website now has a large banner linking to a supporting Website called RadioCarolineOnAir.com. It says “Radio Caroline is seeking your assistance with our campaign to be allocated an AM/Medium wave frequency.”