MP for Hornsey and Wood Green
Sometimes you really can’t make it up! I met with London Turkish Radio (LTR) – who are based in my constuency – last Friday to discuss the very serious problems they are having as a result of a pirate radio station called Bizim FM which is broadcasting illegally.
My understanding is that they have been raided on several occasions but that with only the slightest of pauses, they are broadcasting again almost immediately.
So – I am going to pursue Ofcom as this is ongoing and long-lasting and is damaging the legitimate, licensed voice of the Turkish speaking community as the pirate radio pays no fees, no overheads, etc etc – and is able to undercut hugely on advertising.
And on the advertising they are doing – I was shocked to hear with my own ears two advertisements from Crimestoppers – one of which had the tag line ‘the Metropolitan Police – working for a safer London’ – which were broadcast on the illegal radio station!
I have written to Crimestoppers and to Sir Iain Blair, Met Police Commissioner to basically ask what an earth they think they are doing advertising on pirate radio. And if the answer is to reach into the communities – then I would suggest they do it through the legitimate chanels. I wonder if the Met realise that this is happening?
I don’t know (yet) if the ads for Crimestoppers and the Met Police are free or charged on Bizim – but it cannot be right for the Met to be advertised on a pirate radio station.
As I said – you couldn’t make it up!