I just signed the following petition addressed to: Ofcom & Uk government.
Review the licencing process for community radio
We, the undersigned, petition the UK government & Ofcom to consider in the case of awarding and supporting a full time FM licence concerning www.radiofrequencyfm.co.uk the following points.
1. That local commercial stations fall short of meeting my needs in terms of programming content and variety and do not meet my musical and social needs or attitudes.
2. Radio Frequency supports schemes such as the Princes Trust, Leeds carnival and community events such as Hyde Park Unity Day, as well as running adverts that detail how to get advice on drugs and encourages a stop to violent crime. This is a positive step for the community, and that these important messages will often reach young people who take an otherwise disaffected attitude towards conventional media and most commercial stations.
3. That all aspects of Radio Frequency's management and operating team show a concern for the community as a whole. Thought is given to ensuring no one is negatively impacted by the station's activities - I never hear swearing or abuse on air at times before the watershed.
4. The ethos of Radio Frequency is that of a community station, not an illegal 'pirate' station. The station never glorified the fact that it was unlicensed, and given the means would happily operate in a legal environment.
5. Current broadcast licensing laws present problems for these kind of stations with the sole aim of providing good content, with the license auction process favouring those with financial weight. I believe there is no current legal route which will feasibly allow a small station such as Radio Frequency to progress into a fully fledged, long-term and self-sustaining station without compromising its principles.
6. It would be an unfortunate misjudgement to view Radio Frequency as having negative aims or impact. Instead, I urge those concerned to carefully consider their attitudes towards this station that conducts its self in a positive and professional manner, and look to revising the current licensing situation in Leeds and undertaking a spectrum audit to enable this station to flourish and prosper and properly serve the community without fear of prosecution".