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Rinse FM Transmitter Shutdown!

Post by boomnoise » Thu Nov 03, 2005 12:16 pm

Prompted by the alleged role of pirate radio in Birmingham's recent riots, pirate radio has been linked to drug crime and ofcom have swooped on many of London's stations. Ofcom claim to have shut down one Rinse transmitter.

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Post by orson » Thu Nov 03, 2005 12:19 pm

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Bad link above. Story from Reuters:

Post by boomnoise » Thu Nov 03, 2005 12:21 pm

LONDON (Reuters) - Police and regulators said on Thursday they have shut down dozens of pirate radio stations in London, seizing transmitters as well as drugs and weapons that were found in some studios.

The crackdown on October 29 came exactly two weeks after riots in Birmingham, which according to newspapers were sparked in part by allegations broadcast on two pirate radio stations that a young girl had been raped.

A spokesman for media regulator Ofcom said there was no connection between the clashes in Birmingham and the operation to shut down the illegal radio stations.

"It's good timing because the issue is out there, but we have been planning this for some time," he said.

One man was killed and 30 people including a policeman were injured in the riots. Police were looking at whether the radio stations' reports could be considered incitements to racial hatred, according to a report in the Telegraph last week.

Ofcom said most of the estimated 150 pirate stations in Britain are operated in London, where they can cause interference to commercial stations and radios used by fire brigades and air traffic controllers.

"There is a direct link between some illegal broadcasters and serious crime," the regulator said in a statement. "In some cases the cash raised through advertising events at nightclubs is used to finance the purchase of drugs for sale at these events."

Nine letters of warning were sent to nightclubs that have advertised on pirate stations and 44 illegal broadcasters have gone off air since the operation began.

Pirate radio has a long history, dating back from the 1960s when stations like Radio Caroline and Radio London broadcast from offshore. In recent years, pirate radio has become the launch pad for grime, a musical genre made famous by artists such as 2003 Mercury Prize winner Dizzee Rascal.

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Post by blackdown » Thu Nov 03, 2005 12:22 pm

Rinse lose and replace transmitters every week. it's a studio raid that would be far worse.
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Post by boomnoise » Thu Nov 03, 2005 12:24 pm

Xpost - I'm assuming one disconnected transmitter doesn't mean total shut down. Luckily no studio raids or confiscations. Any one know if they're currently broadcasting?

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Post by alex bk-bk » Thu Nov 03, 2005 12:52 pm

yeah worse news for me is that (thanks for linking to that list on ofcom's site, boom), the southside station OnTop 95.5 has had their studio raided!

FUCK

news of the gayestet order. That station was doing so much to promote South London grime which in my opinion is at a similar melting point to East this time two years ago. After a studio raid i can't see thems bouncing back.

Rinse will be back on this afternoon is my bet/
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Post by alex bk-bk » Thu Nov 03, 2005 12:53 pm

just checked. they're on air right now

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Post by boomnoise » Thu Nov 03, 2005 1:16 pm

My main concern is the attitudes of Ofcom and their flagrant disregard for culture and the view that pirate radio is a 'problem' and sensationalist press releases linking to drugs. The idea of pirate radio as legitimate enterprise seems implausible to them for some reason. I'm not denying the illegality of broadcasting but to associate 'young black music' with drugs and violence is a daily mail fantasy.

The FAQ on their site also makes for interesting and depressing reading.
http://www.ofcom.org.uk/media/mofaq/rcomms/illegal/

Providing some solace is the fact that these crackdowns seem to happen every so often and nothing much ever seems to come of it and Rinse, as a seasoned big boy in the pirate game, will surely continue to tranmit. Would be more worrying, however, if this is part of a large serious crackdown/shutdown.

All this just seems very contrary to Ofcom's white paper from last year which seemed quite progressive.

http://www.ofcom.org.uk/media/news/2004 ... 02#content

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Post by elemental » Thu Nov 03, 2005 1:29 pm

Whatever they try people will always find ways round it.

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Post by descent » Thu Nov 03, 2005 1:37 pm

That's bad news :(

Big up all those still runnin things ! F*@k Ofcom and all mega media.

thank f*@k they can't stop the internet stream.
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Post by tronman » Thu Nov 03, 2005 2:09 pm

the southside station OnTop 95.5 has had their studio raided!


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Post by alex bk-bk » Thu Nov 03, 2005 3:02 pm

yeah i kno :( :(

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Post by thc » Thu Nov 03, 2005 3:45 pm

wow, i cant believe all the allegations they make on their site linking pirate radio to crime. thats such bullshit. too bad nothing can be done. :cry:

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Post by boomnoise » Thu Nov 03, 2005 4:04 pm

regulate the regulators!

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Post by cus » Sat Nov 05, 2005 10:17 pm

the fact that they blame pirates for interfering with emergency services has been completley disqualified hasn't it, it's a cover for the lack of capital that pirates bringin for the regulators out of many things i'm led to believe

anyone back this up with facts - nine?

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