RADIO ROW GROWS
Whilst applauding any group attempting to set up a Jewish radio station, I find it hard to believe that Jcom can be so outrageous in their claims and so backstabbing to their former colleagues ( Letters, November 16).
Jcom are a breakaway from Richard Ford’s Shalom FM, but they have given no credit to his work to set up a fulltime Jewish radio station.
The first week of their restrictedservice licence was a shambles and I hope that the poor advertisers were given a full refund. The quality thereafter does not deserve any support.
Jcom has no direction on its programming for the Jewish community. Do Jewish listeners really want to hear about non-kosher restaurants? Does a “Jewish” audience want to be assaulted with the f-word? Jcom are very lucky that no complaint was sent to Ofcom or they would have been taken off air immediately and have no chance in applying for a full-term licence.
Shalom FM were about to enter negotiations for a full-term licence on the DAB platform, plus the possibility of a six-day-a-week show on the AM wavelength. Sadly all this has come to a full stop due to actions taken by Jcom.
Jcom claim they will become London’s first full-time permanent Jewish radio station, initially via internet and then with a five-year community licence. If they were around in the late ‘80s that would be true, but Shalom FM has been broadcast on the internet for over a year now. Also they do not know that they will get a community licence for five years — another far-fetched claim from this group who appear to stretch the truth as far as it will go.
Do not think that I am writing this because I am bitter over the demise of Shalom FM, which I helped set up with Richard Ford. I am well out of the politics of Jewish radio and currently present the number-one night show on commercial radio in the UK. I do, however, feel that Richard Ford has been treated appallingly by this organisation. Mike Mendoza, presenter, talkSPORT Radio Hatfields, London SE1