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Angry Man Make Waves

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Angry radio man makes waves
(Metro-News October 1, 1992)
RADIO wars have erupted in Birmingham with a former pirate radio boss calling for the immediate withdrawal of Buzz FM's broadcasting licence.
   The independent station launched more than two years ago, aiming to serve the black community, but was taken over in May by Glasgow-based Radio Clyde.
Local news staff were immediately sacked and bulletins are currently provided from London by Independent Radio News.
   New Cecil Morris  - who founded the city's popular 'underground station' PCRL -- has opened an offensive.



EXCLUSIVE by ADRIAN GOLDBURG


"He says that Buzz's franchise should be re-advertised straight away. It's run by people who have no interest in the community.
"They are not fulfilling the promises made when they were granted the licence, and they're not doing anything for disenfranchised groups in the city."
  Mr Morris works for BCR, a consortium hoping to win one of the two new local franchise being awarded next year. He admits the group would want the Buzz licence, due for renewal in two years time.
  His comments brought a stinging rebuke from Buzz station manager Tony Ingham: "Were the most local station in the city. The only thing we talk about is Birmingham. We are very much a city station ."
   Buzz broadcasted a least 70 per cent black music, and had an hour's Asian programming each day.
   "Nowhere does it say in our promise of performance that we're a community station. We're an incremental station, with concern to be of interest to ethnic groups.
   We're ultimately answerable to the Radio Authority and they are satisfied with our performance"

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