RADIO FREQUENCY PETITION--- We, the undersigned, petition the Crown Prosecution Service to show leniency and understanding in the case concerning Radio Frequency. "I believe; 1. That local commercial stations fall short of meeting my needs in terms of programming content and variety. 2. Radio Frequency supported schemes such as the Princes Trust and community events such as Unity Day, as well as running adverts that detailed how to get advice on drugs and encouraged a stop to violent crime. This is a positive step for the community, and that the important messages often reach young people who take an otherwise disaffected attitude towards conventional media and some commercial stations. 3. That all aspects of Radio Frequency's management showed a concern for the community as a whole. Thought was given to ensuring no one was negatively impacted by the station's activities - I never heard swearing on air, and the FM signal was very clean (did not interfere with any other radio stations) etc. 4. The ethos of Radio Frequency was that of an 'unlicensed' station, not a 'pirate' station. The station never glorified the fact that it was unlicensed, and given the means would happily operate in a legal environment. 5. Current broadcast licensing laws present problems for those stations with the sole aim of providing good content, with the license auction process favouring those with financial weight. I believe there is no legal route which would 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 those unlicensed stations that conduct themselves in a positive and professional manner, and look to revising current licensing laws."
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