RA­DIO ROW GROWS

The Jewish Chronicle - - COMMENT&ANALYSIS -

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

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