Ofcom take action against illegal broadcasting

All Current Pirate Related Chat In Here
Post Reply
User avatar
Steve Marshall
Forum User
Forum User
Posts: 1348
Joined: Sun May 27, 2007 4:18 pm
Location: West Midlands
Contact:

Ofcom take action against illegal broadcasting

Post by Steve Marshall » Tue Feb 19, 2008 11:37 pm

19|02|08

Ofcom, police and London Boroughs take action against illegal broadcasting

three arrested

twenty two illegal transmitters seized


Ofcom today announced the results of joint operations across four London boroughs to take illegal radio stations off the air.

Working in partnership with the London Boroughs of Hackney, Haringey, Tower Hamlets and Islington, as well as the Metropolitan Police, Ofcom’s team carried out enforcement action against over 20 illegal broadcasters in these areas.

Illegal broadcasters can cause interference to safety-of-life services, such as the fire brigade and air traffic control, as well as licensed broadcasters, denying listeners their choice of music and news. Illegal stations cause significant damage to rooftops, resulting in expensive repair bills at public expense.

Ofcom’s operation ran from 6 to 16 February and resulted in three arrests, one studio raid, the removal of 22 illegal broadcasters’ transmitters and over 20 letters sent to local night clubs that have advertised events on illegal radio stations.

Ofcom estimates that there are over 150 illegal stations operating in the UK, with half of those broadcasting across London and the South East. There are over thirty illegal stations across these four boroughs, making up 60% of all illegal broadcasters in North London.

Ofcom is responsible for keeping radio spectrum free from interference, taking illegal stations off the air by raiding studios and seizing and disconnecting transmitters and aerials. Last year, Ofcom carried out over 900 such operations and 37 people were convicted of offences related to illegal broadcasting.

Robert Thelen-Bartholomew, Director of Field Operations, said: "Illegal broadcasters can cause serious interference to safety-of-life services such as the fire brigade and air traffic control, as well as legitimate radio stations. Ofcom takes swift and firm action to remove these illegal stations from the air. We work closely with local authorities to ensure that this problem is tackled at source for the benefit of the community."

Councillor Terry Stacy, Islington Council's Executive Member for Housing and Communities, said: "Pirate radio stations are a menace and we are pleased to support this crackdown.

He added, “Islington Council is determined to stop illegal radio stations. Illegal broadcasters can put lives at risk by interfering with vital emergency equipment, damage council property and make the lives of our residents hell. Sometimes these stations are linked to drug-dealing and serious crime, which we will not tolerate.”

Councillor Nilgun Canver, Haringey’s cabinet member for enforcement and safer communities, said:

“Pirate radio installations seriously damage our properties when they break locks and doors into stairwells to access the roofs of council flats from where they broadcast. We fully support this campaign to stop pirate radio and our enforcement team is keen to continue working with Ofcom to sort out this problem.”

London Borough of Tower Hamlets Pirate Radio Project Manager, Claire Demmel said, "In recent months Tower Hamlets Council and its partners have taken stringent security steps to prevent illegal broadcasters from gaining access to our roof tops. Joint operations such as this can only reinforce the message that we take radio piracy seriously.”

The illegal broadcasters targeted by the Ofcom operation include

Station & Location
Attitude 107.4 FM - Hackney
Bizim 104.2 FM - Haringey
Conshus 106.9 FM - Tower Hamlets
Heat 96.6 FM - Haringey
Jiggy FM - Haringey
Kasapa 104.0 FM - Hackney
Kool 94.6 FM - Tower Hamlets
Live 101.5 FM - Tower Hamlets
Millennium Supreme 99.8 FM - Tower Hamlets
Origin 95.2 FM - Islington
Rude 88.2 FM - Islington
Shine 87.9 FM - Tower Hamlets
SLR 97.7 FM - Haringey
Takeover 107.7 FM - Hackney
Touch 94.0 FM - Haringey
True 100.2 FM - Hackney
Unidentified Station 102.6 FM - Haringey
Xtreme 101.7 FM - Haringey


http://www.ofcom.org.uk/media/news/2008/02/nr_20080219a

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2008/02/19/london_pirates/

http://www.haringey.gov.uk/index/news_a ... ?id=101217


Enforcement activity conducted:


Attitude 107.4FM - Hackney

Transmitter removed on Thursday 14 February. This was secreted within a shaft and took four hours to seize. Working with Hackney Homes, access was gained by drilling through the brick shaft.

Bizim 104.2FM - Haringey

Fifteen warning letters produced - to be hand delivered.

Conshus 106.9FM - Tower Hamlets

Warning letter delivered by hand to night club on Wednesday 13 February for using Conshus as an advertising medium on flyers/posters.

George Lansbury House - Haringey

Two transmitters were disconnected on Friday 15 February.

Heat 96.6FM - Haringey

Transmitter removed on Friday 8 February.

Jiggy 105.6FM - Haringey

Transmitter removed on Friday 15 February. This seizure necessitated cutting off a metal door (with council approval), as the illegal broadcasters had glued up the locks to prevent access.

Kasapa 104.0FM - Hackney

While tracing the studio on Tuesday 12 February, the transmitter and mid link transmitter were located; no action was taken at that time.
Transmitter disabled and aerial removed on Wednesday 13 February.

Kool 94.6FM - Tower Hamlets

Warning letter delivered by hand to night club in Tower Hamlets on Monday 11 February for using Kool as an advertising medium for an event.
Warning letter sent to night club in Brighton on Monday 11 February for using Kool as an advertising medium for an event.
Request made for the disconnection of three phone numbers related to the business of Kool FM (Studio, event management). One phone (T Mobile was disconnected on Wednesday 13 February.

Live 101.5FM - Tower Hamlets

Transmission site traced to Anglia House, E14 7PW

Millennium Supreme 99.8FM - Tower Hamlets

Studio raid on Thursday 7 February. One arrest for unlawful broadcasting. One arrest on warrant. One person was arrested and cautioned for possession of drugs.
Transmitter removed on Thursday 14 February.

Origin 95.2FM - Islington

Warning letter delivered by hand to night club in Camden on Monday 11 February for using Origin as an advertising medium for an event.

Rude 88.2FM - Islington

Transmitter disconnected on Friday 8 February. One male attended the vicinity and appeared to visually check the connections; he then made a phone call and left. Officers suspect that he was the DJ finding out why the station ceased broadcasting. The station stayed off air until Saturday.

Shine 87.9FM - Tower Hamlets

Mid link transmitter seized on Wednesday 7 February.
Transmitter removed on Friday 15 February.

SLR 97.7FM - Haringey

Request made for phone disconnection on Wednesday 13 February relating to event organisation.
Transmitter disconnected on Friday 15 February.

Takeover 107.7FM - Hackney

Transmitter and aerial removed on Tuesday 12 February.
Warning letter delivered to night club on Wednesday 13 February for using Takeover as an advertising medium.

Touch 94.0FM - Haringey

Transmitter disconnection on Wednesday 6 February. No installers attended the scene to reconnect while officers were in the vicinity. The station stayed off air until Sunday.
Transmitter removal on Friday 8 February.

True 100.2FM - Hackney

Warning letter delivered by hand to night club in Haringey on Monday 11 February for using True as an advertising medium for an event.
Transmitter and aerial removed on Tuesday 12 February.

Unidentified Station 102.6FM - Haringey

Transmitter disconnection on Wednesday 6 February. No installers attended the scene to reconnect while officers were in the vicinity. The station stayed off air until Friday.
Transmitter disconnected and aerial removed on Friday 15 February.

Xtreme 101.7FM - Haringey

Transmitter and aerial removed on Wednesday 13 February.


--------------------------------------------------------------------------------



Summary:

Operation Twilight has resulted in one studio being raided during the period 6-16 February, and equipment seized, eighteen transmitters being seized or disconnected and four aerial installations removed by Ofcom personnel. In addition a total of twenty one warnings have been given to advertisers on illegal broadcasters, including a number of night clubs, who have been hosting events promoted by pirate radio stations and four phones being used either as studio phones, or to publicise illegal events have been disconnected. Three people have been arrested in connection with the operation.

Twenty illegal broadcasters have suffered enforcement action during this operation.


Transmitter Removals/Disconnections

Borough & Number

Tower Hamlets - 3
Haringey - 10
Hackney - 4
Islington - 1
Total 18



Aerials Removed/Disabled

Borough & Number

Tower Hamlets - 0
Haringey - 1
Hackney - 3
Islington - 0
Total 4



Studios Raided

Borough & Number

Tower Hamlets - 1
Haringey - 0
Hackney - 0
Islington - 0
Total 1



Warning to Clubs & Advertisers

Borough & Number

Tower Hamlets - 3
Haringey - 15
Hackney - 2
Islington - 1
Total 21



Phones Disconnected

Borough & Number

Tower Hamlets - 3
Haringey - 1
Hackney - 0
Islington - 0
Total 4


For further details please visit http://www.ofcom.org.uk (external link)

Contact:

Ofcom Media Office
Email: [email protected]
Tel: (+44) (0)20 7981 3033
Image

Post Reply