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Platform B! UK licenses “pirate” community radio station for Brighton youth

Platform BThe United Kingdom’s broadcast regulator (Ofcom) has authorized six more community radio licenses, all in southeast England. The radio project that will serve the Brighton area seems especially interesting. It calls itself Platform B.

I quote from the group’s Facebook page:

“Working like a pirate station, Platform B will challenge the formal infrastructure of traditional radio – moving out of the studio and into public spaces, to increase visibility, access and engagement.

Every aspect of Platform B will be managed and implemented by young adults. It will offer access and personal development opportunities to young people, schools, colleges and community groups. As the programming develops to a 24/7 service, Platform B aims to become a place for bold experiments in music, spoken word, political debate and other forms of expression.”

Platform B currently runs a “pop-up” broadcast operation from the Green Door Store, a nightclub operating under the Brighton railway station. Ofcom has licensed two additional community radio signals for Brighton. Brighton FM will broadcast “for the general population” of the area “and will feature a broad range of specialist music and community shows.” Meanwhile Gaydio will stream for the LGBT community.

In addition, Radio Cabin will serve the general population of Herne Bay, northeast Kent. Miskin Radio will stream to the Gravesham, Dartford and Bexley region. And Sheppey FM will serve as a station “for adults and young people with physical or mental health disabilities in Sheerness, Isle of Sheppey.”


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