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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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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Meet the Mediators: The Activist

The Activist: Paul Meszaros Paul Meszaros is a regional organiser for Hope Not Hate and completed a forensic analysis of national far-right activity in the aftermath of the 2001 disturbances. Paul, what does your community work in Bradford entail? It’s manifold really. In my work with Hope Not Hate, we’re to combat the far right;…

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Meet the Mediators: The City Leader

The City Leader: Margaret Eaton Margaret Eaton was the Leader of Bradford Council between 2000 and 2006. As the city’s political head at the time of the 2001 disturbances, Baroness Eaton found herself thrust into the international spotlight when the world’s media turned its attention to Bradford How do you think the media, in general,…

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