NEWS in brief
Plea for radio station
POLITICIANS from opposite ends of the spectrum have united in a call to Ofcom, the media regulator, to grant a broadcasting licence to Shalom FM, the London Jewish radio station. In a parliamentary motion, Hendon Labour MP Andrew Dismore said the station had “surpassed all expectations”, and he regretted that it had encountered problems in its application for a permanent licence. Mr Dismore called on the government to speed up the process. His call was backed by the London Assembly’s Tory chairman Brian Coleman, who said he would be calling on London Mayor Ken Livingstone to lobby Ofcom.
Death of Israeli academic
DR RISA Domb, director of the Centre for Modern Hebrew Studies at Cambridge University, died last week after suffering both lung and brain cancer. She was the university’s first lecturer in modern Hebrew. She became a Fellow in Hebrew at Girton College in 1989, and a Life Fellow in 2004. Dr Domb was a regular fixture at Jewish Book Week, when she often presented the festival’s Hebrewlanguage or literature session.
Charity figure dies
EDUCATION and charity stalwart Sir Clive Bourne died last week while on holiday with his wife, Joy, and friends. Sir Clive, who was 64, was known for sponsoring the Mossbourne Academy and for being founder and chairman of the Prostate Cancer Research Foundation. He was knighted in 2005 for services to education and charity. (Obituary: page 39)