A campaign is under way to have specialist black music aired on Global Radio.
A TUC Black Workers’ Conference this weekend – April 11-13 – is debating Global’s decision to close Choicefm the only station that highlighted black music.
In January, a crowd demonstrated outside the headquarters of Global Radio in Leicester Square, London. They were demanding the return of airtime for specialist black music after Choicefm was replaced with Capital Xtra. A number of artists from the reggae, soca and gospel music industry voiced their protests with performances of their songs.
The demonstration was organised by The Voice, the black community’s weekly newspaper and the media and entertainment union BECTU. They believe if there is a change in the decision by Global Radio it could mean the end of specialist black music being heard on radio. hoicefm had won its licence on the basis of offering broadcast time to black music for at least 21 hours a week
Last October, Global Radio, owners of Capital, re-launched Choice fm by calling it Capital Xtra and immediately changed its music format by dropping reggae, soca and gospel music.
BECTU has formally complained to Ofcom the broadcast regulator who say they are assessing the situation. ynuk.tv caught up with the demonstration
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