Unlicensed Radio Wales 2007 to 2015 - March 2015

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Unlicensed Radio Wales 2007 to 2015 - March 2015

Post by sde-1104 » Tue Mar 10, 2015 8:21 pm

I would kindly request the following information regarding unlicensed pirate radio stations
broadcasting in Wales from January 2007 until January 2015 under the freedom of
information act.

1. How many prosecutions against individuals have taken place between the specified


2. Out of the number of persons identified, how many have had multiple prosecutions?

Not applicable, as no prosecutions have taken place.

3. Please list the names of all the unlicensed broadcast stations you know of and the number
of times enforcement action has been carried against each of them, including where no
action was taken (e.g. the radio station left the air of its own accord before any action could
be taken) clearly showing the method of enforcement used (i.e.: studio raid, main transmitter
removal, mobile telephones disconnected, website domain name blocking etc.).

One operation was conducted against an illegal broadcast station operating in Cardiff. The
name of the station is being withheld under s44 of the Act. Section 44 of the Act prevents

4. How many enforcement visits have been as a result from information supplied from
members of the public or licence paying broadcasters.


5. Please supply a breakdown of costs for each case of enforcement action carried out.

This information is not held.

6. Please give details of any complaints or allegations made against Ofcom's staff in the
enforcement section.

We can neither confirm nor deny whether we hold the information you requested, as to
provide such information would fall under the exemption in section 40 of the Freedom of
Information Act 2000.

7. Out of the unlicensed broadcast stations identified, if any have not had enforcement action
against them please supply information as to why it hasn't taken place.

This information is also being withheld under Section 44 of the Act, in line with Section 111 of
the Wireless Telegraphy Act 2006; Section 44 is an absolute exemption under the Act and
does not require a public interest test.

8. How many reports of interference to safety of life services or aviation have been reported
in Wales between the dates stated above, if any please state which authority reported it and
if the interference was proven to be attributed to pirate radio? I would like to thank you for
your prompt action in processing this request.

This information is not held.

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