We, the undersigned, petition the Crown Prosecution Service & Ofcom to consider in the case of awarding or considering a full time FM licence concerning Radio Frequency FM Leeds the following points.
1. That local commercial stations fall short of meeting my needs in terms of programming content and variety and do not meet my musical and social needs or attitudes.
2. Radio Frequency supports schemes such as the Princes Trust, Leeds carnival and community events such as Hyde Park Unity Day, as well as running adverts that detail how to get advice on drugs and encourages a stop to violent crime. This is a positive step for the community, and that these important messages will often reach young people who take an otherwise disaffected attitude towards conventional media and most commercial stations.
3. That all aspects of Radio Frequency's management and operating team show a concern for the community as a whole. Thought is given to ensuring no one is negatively impacted by the station's activities - I never hear swearing or abuse on air and the signal is very clean (does not interfere with any other radio stations) etc.
4. The ethos of Radio Frequency is that of an 'unlicensed' community station, not an illegal 'pirate' station. The station never glorifies the fact that it is unlicensed, and given the means would happily operate in a legal environment.
5. Current broadcast licensing laws present problems for these kind of stations with the sole aim of providing good content, with the license auction process favouring those with financial weight. I believe there is no current legal route which will feasibly allow a small station such as Radio Frequency to progress into a fully fledged, long-term and self-sustaining station without compromising its principles.
6. It would be an unfortunate misjudgement to view Radio Frequency as having negative aims or impact. Instead, I urge those concerned to carefully consider their attitudes towards this unlicensed station that conducts its self in a positive and professional manner, and look to revising the current licensing situation in Leeds to enable this station to flourish and prosper and properly serve the community without fear of prosecution".
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