[microsound-announce] [petition] Help Community Radio in the U.K.

. m u r m e r . murmer at murmerings.com
Fri Aug 14 13:23:15 EDT 2009

if you're a uk resident, please take a second to support framework and 
resonance fm by signing this petition...

Resonance FM needs your help

Lend your support to a campaign for greater public investment in
community radio. Last month a letter signed by 82 community radio
leaders, media scholars and experts was sent to the Prime Minister in
which the case for higher public investment in community radio was
made. It argued for an increase in the Community Radio Fund’s budget
(to view the letter, go to:
http://www.sheffieldlive.org/lettergordonbrown). Pursuant to this
action a petition was launched in support of this cause. In a little
over three weeks it has accrued over 800 signatures. So we now put it
to the Resonance listenership.

Show your support for greater investment in the Community Radio Fund
by signing the following petition:

The Fund was initially set up in 2004 with a budget of £500,000 for 14
community radio broadcasters. However, since then community radio in
Britain has blossomed while the budget has stagnated. £500,000 must
now provide for over 200 broadcast licensees.

This matters because community radio provides a broadcasting platform
to voices that would otherwise be overlooked by media outlets.
Resonance FM is a paradigm of this model with regular shows for
community interest groups. Furthermore, the community radio industry
has created over 400 jobs, involving over 10,000 volunteers and serves
a potential audience of over 10 million people. This is a social
service for diverse groups across the entire country.

As Resonance FM listeners you will be aware that this radio station is
upheld by a delicate financial structure of government funding and
donations from private individuals. This petition gives you the
opportunity help strengthen this edifice.

Last month marked the fifth anniversary of the Community Radio Fund.
It started life as a progressive public investment in communities
nationwide but has withered into insignificance. To mark this
anniversary the Government has initiated a public consultation on the
Community Radio Order 2004 (which brought the eponymous Fund into
operation). This consultation closes on 25th August. We therefore need
your help now.

To sign the petition go to: http://petitions.number10.gov.uk/allthevoices/


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