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The FM band has whole MHz worth of bandwidth hi-jacked by the BBC so as to
provide nationwide coverage but it strikes me as over-kill. Each BBC FM
service uses about 2 MHz. I can often pick up one of their stations on 3
different frequencies. E.g. I can get Radio 4 on 93, 93.2 and 93.5 MHz.

Stupid regulations intended to ensure breadth of programming simply mean
that most commercial stations are virtual clones of each other with bland
look-alike programming. In a similar vein 'narrow-casting' is discouraged,
the only 2 stations offering a unique and specialised programming style
being Jazz FM and Classic FM. There's no 'rock channel' at all ! Oh - and
BBC's Radio 3 already offers a full classical music service anyway.

No shortage of phone-ins to let the local retards spout off about rubbish
though !

BBC's Radio 1 which is their 'contemporary music' channel plays the kind
of stuff that you'd expect to hear at the kids' dance raves mainly ( and
almost exclusively - to the extent that a spokesman for that channel once
stated that they weren't intereted in an audience aged over 25 ? ) whilst
their Radio 2 offers MOR for oldies that's 80s weighted - Yuk.

No wonder that pirating is popular in London.

A really screwed up radio service here.
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You have to look at it from all angles. While not everyone will like Radio 1 and such compared to corporate radio, say in the states, it's a lot better. It is funny though, when I listen to the radio in London there seems to be more pirates than comm. stations. They're professional too and give out phone numbers and the like.

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And now to a strange fact. We have crappy radio in Sweden, but no pirates. The authorities don't have funds to look up pirates, but still no pirates... I wonder why...
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Marek,
Dont suppose you remember Radio Nord broadcasting from a ship off the coast of Malmo in the early sixties? I still have the jingle package somewhere.
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Or maybe Radio Syd from the cheetta 2 on 88mhz fm which ended up in the gambia as a flowting station then a restaurant finally sinking in the river. Your government passed a Marine offences Act in the early sixties like ours did on 15 August 1967
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