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Author Topic: Four hundred pirate radio setups shut down in London in just two years  (Read 1959 times)

Offline ChrisSmolinski

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Regulators have raided nearly 400 suspected pirate radio setups in London over the last two years, the Standard can reveal.

Figures released by Ofcom in response to a Freedom of Information request show nearly a quarter of the raids took place in Haringey, north London, while 90 resulted in equipment being seized.

Lambeth, south London, was the next biggest offender, with more than 50 raids on suspected pirates between April 2013 and March this year.

"It's not about raising revenue," Clive Corrie, Ofcom's head of spectrum enforcement, told the Standard. "It's about protecting the spectrum from harmful interference.

"Last year Ofcom received 53 complaints of interference to aviation services - ground-to-air radio location and radio navigation systems."

Of the 53 complaints, 48 related to the London area.

Mr Corrie added the problem was largely confined to the capital, though the reason for this has experts at something of a loss.

"It's a big problem, especially in London," he said. "There are about 70 active stations in the London area. In the whole of the UK we've got something like just over 100.

"From the enquiries we've carried out, this problem doesn't exist in New York or Rome or Paris - it's a London phenomenon."

Full article: http://www.standard.co.uk/news/london/four-hundred-pirate-radio-stations-shut-down-in-london-in-just-two-years-10362974.html
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"From the enquiries we've carried out, this problem doesn't exist in New York or Rome or Paris - it's a London phenomenon."

Full article: http://www.standard.co.uk/news/london/four-hundred-pirate-radio-stations-shut-down-in-london-in-just-two-years-10362974.html


I thought New York was the most active area in the US for pirate radio, according to the FCC.

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I thought New York was the most active area in the US for pirate radio, according to the FCC.

It is, but London is located in the UK.

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I would not doubt those numbers named in the article Chris posted.

The attached link gives a nice overview of active vs. non active
FM-Pirates in London.
I counted 60 active FM Stations alone and who knows how many are uncounted for.

http://www.transmissionzero.co.uk/radio/london-pirate-radio/
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I had a chance to hang out of a 10th story window on a flat in central London about 5 years ago, and can indeed vouche for the numbers.  I think from my one location with a walkman style radio I heard at least a dozen, and that radio only did odd channel steps, so who knows how much more is out there.  I do remember hearing stations ID'ing as 'Passion' 'Innacity' and 'Force' it was interesting to say the least.

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