Ofcom have updated their information sheet regarding illegal ‘pirate’ radio broadcasters, including new information on community radio.
The radio regulator says community radio can offer a legitimate alternative to pirate broadcasting, giving examples of stations which have successfully made the transition to licensed transmissions, including London’s Rinse FM and Kane FM in Guildford.
Three-quarters of illegal radio stations are based in the London area with the remainder in cities and towns throughout the UK. The broadcasts – often using poor-quality home-made equipment – can cause significant interference to licensed spectrum users, including legal community radio stations, as well as other services such as Air Traffic Control and emergency service communication.
The Ofcom factsheet on pirate radio can be downloaded from their website – click here.