Fast FM Radio: Bradford and the Origins of Muslim Community Broadcasting – Seán McLoughlin

In an effort to cut down on pirate radio stations, the 1990 Broadcasting Act allowed short-term “Restricted Service Licences” (RSLs) for the first time. Such licences enabled community groups to broadcast for around one month within a local radius of around three to five kilometres. This new opportunity prompted pioneering broadcasters working on local Asian…

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Bradford’s Big Image Problem – Si Cunningham Explores Why Modern Media Imagery is Telling a Tale of Two Cities

A Google image search for the word ‘Bradford’ throws up some predictable results. Predictable, that is, if you’re a Bradfordian. The first few pages almost exclusively feature depictions of City Park, the vast new public space that laps up to the walls of Bradford’s awesome neo-gothic City Hall. This should come as no surprise to…

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Hello. Can you see me?

Pakeezah Zahoor has held roles in a number of cultural organizations and now works at the National Science and Media Museum. She has a background in postcolonial theory and is concerned with ideas surrounding race, culture and identity. This letter is written in response to the politics and practices of ‘the diversity agenda’. Replies welcome.…

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Meet the Mediators – Si Cunningham

  Meet the Mediators In the lead up to Above The Noise, Journalist Si Cunningham interviewed high-profile figures who’ve been at the heart of the city’s most infamous stories. In the interviews, Bradfordians from the worlds of politics, religion, policing and journalism discuss their relationships with the national media, and how they’ve often found themselves…

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