OFCOM - PIB FM
87.9 FM - Greater London
Public Information Broadcast on SRSLs and the danger associated with illegal broadcasting
On air from: 21/01/13 to 17/02/13
Contact: Ofcom Broadcast Licensing
When this was last on air in 2011, British DX Club member Mark Hattan was told by Rhys from OFCOM:
Yes, this is a public information broadcast that will operate from 4-8 April and 11-15 April 2011.
The purpose of this service is threefold. Firstly, it is to advertise the availability of 87.7 MHz for temporary radio services. Secondly, it is to explain about Ofcom and our key responsibilities. And finally, it is to raise awareness about illegal broadcasters and the problems that they cause.
I hope this clears things up.
Another BDXC member, Ian Kelly, monitored the broadcast and reported: "Heard mobile at Crystal Palace, SE London today - recorded loop announcing itself as a public service broadcast from Ofcom on 87.7. Aimed at potential DJs and MCs, warning against pirate radio offences and advertising and encouraging people to grass up anyone involved or report interference. Anyone know the tx site? Not strong at CP - ironically, slight splatter from pirate on 87.6 !"
(Info via Mike Barraclough, BDXC-UK Yahoo group)
OFCOM must have decided it was worth doing if they repeating the exercise again this year. It should be on air now until February 17.