Direct Democracy proposal for IT, Communications and Data Protection

Review of public terrestrial broadcasting laws

Should the People's Administration install direct democracy, we propose to review and possibly relax radio broadcasting licensing for small businesses and community groups.

The People's Administration has long believed that the state uses any opportunity it has to oppress the expression of personal opinion. We believe that one way that this is done is by restricting and governing who can use mass-media protocols.

The People's Administration believes that whilst the web has gone some way in breaking through this, other media still remain under direct control and oppression.

For example, the government [a minority] still dictates who will have the ability to broadcast radio signals across the air waves. For a radio station to obtain a license to broadcast, it must fulfill certain criteria. This criteria dictates program content and time allocations with heavy fines imposed on those who are licensed if they fail to comply.

To summarise; through terrestrial radio licensing, the state dictates to every community what information it will be allowed to access by radio - regardless of locality, culture or taste. This means that communities are not getting information that is reflective of their own locality, culture and taste as these components are not served by mainstream radio.

The People's Administration believes that public terrestrial broadcast stations [pirate radio] fulfil this function and, we feel that the licence requirements are purely divisive, enabling the state to dictate the content of information that is broadcast to communities.

The People's Administration also believes that the reason that pirate radio stations are currently illegal is because they are directly democratic where the state is only representative and is dictatorial. Public broadcast stations simply broadcast news and music that their local community has told them they want access to. Therefore, the People's Administration believes that they are serving their community far better than any government and, the People's Administration believes that they are an enhancement to democracy - not a hindrance, and should therefore be encouraged and supported.

Furthermore, the People's Administration's view on this has been influenced more by government propaganda than by the actions of the pirate radio stations themselves;

Mike Bothma [Ofcom] says of Sting FM [via the BBC]: "They're not doing a community service at all. What these radio stations do is charge the DJs up to £20 an hour to go on air. They charge £100 a week for adverts. They're there for profit basically." He also mentions of how the operating frequencies of these stations interfere with emergency calls.

Little Richie, DJ on pirate radio station Sting FM, says: "If it wasn't needed, we wouldn't be here. We do a lot more for the local community than the big stations, the legal stations. We're more in touch with what's happening on the streets because we are on the streets and we see what is going on."

The People's Administration has independently researched the station in question - Sting FM in Birmingham. It does not charge it's DJ's to broadcast and it's advertising charges are closer to £200 for five weeks for 12 broadcasts per day - not £100 per week as stated by Ofcom.

At the same time, Galaxy FM in Birmingham will charge around £3000 for a 1 week advertising campaign. How is this of benefit to the local business community when these rates are so out of reach?

The People's Administration has also established that Sting FM does not share frequencies with the emergency services and that although this may have been an issue in the past, it had been addressed by Sting FM, clearly demonstrating the social responsibility that Sting FM upholds.

With such blatant government propaganda from Ofcom via the BBC [state-controlled broadcaster], the People's Administration propose a full review of UK terrestrial broadcasting legislation in favour of relaxing public broadcasting laws, so that more democratic forms of expression can be enhanced.

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