Updated May 22nd 2003
COMREG CLOSE A SPATE OF PIRATE STATIONS IN DUBLIN
Well, waddya know, almost
20 years to the day that Ireland's largest and most popular pirate radio
station, Radio Nova, was closed down by the government, there's a swoop
on the pirates again in the city. And it's panic all over the place.
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Lets take a look at the responsibilities of COMREG (Commission for Communications
Regulations) from their own perspective, from the Irish Telecommunications
is the statutory body charged with the licensing and regulation of the
electronic communications industry in Ireland. ComReg also has responsibility
for regulating the postal sector.
functions of ComReg in relation to regulation of the electronic communications
industry and the postal sector as set out in the Communications Regulation
Act 2002 are as follows:
* to promote competition
* to contribute to the development of the internal market
* to promote the interests of all users within the Community
* to promote the development of the postal sector
promote competition? Hmmm...by closing it down? The anorak websites
are 'a-buzzin' with dangerous rumours as to who was responsible. It
would appear that Dublin's Spin 1038 FM is getting royally kicked up
the ass about the whole thing. Look, who CARES who blew the whistle.
After all, these stations are illegal and they have to take what happens
in all knowledge that they are broadcasting without a licence.
Where I live (Australia) if you opened up a station without a licence,
you'd be shut down in 24 hours and possibly go to jail! They don't mess
around in these parts! If blame is to be issued anywhere it should be
directed at the body (or bodies) that are responsible for broadcasting
in Ireland, those people who have surely and without strain, screwed
up the whole broadcasting system. Those people who made appalling decisions
when issuing licences. Not
Spin 1038 or anyone else.