Platform B, Brighton’s first ever youth-led radio station, has today been awarded a community FM licence by government broadcast regulator Ofcom
The not-for-profit station will start broadcasting on FM in the autumn 2016 and be programmed and directed by a new generation of DJs, producers and
presenters who want to reimagine and diversify the traditional sounds of radio.
Working like a pirate station, Platform B will challenge the formal infrastructure of traditional radio - moving out of the studio and into public spaces, to increase visibility, access and engagement.
Every aspect of Platform B
will be managed and implemented by young adults. It will offer access and personal development opportunities to young people, schools, colleges and community groups. As the programming develops to a 24/7 service, Platform B
aims to become a place for bold experiments in music, spoken word, political debate and other forms of expression.
currently runs ‘pop-up’ broadcasts online from the Green Door Store, an acclaimed music venue and nightclub underneath Brighton railway station. Over the coming months broadcasts will continue to flow from there, as well as other venues including, Brighton Youth Centre, recording studios, ‘pop up’ stores and at various public spaces and events.
Nats Spada, station manager at Platform B, said: “We are thrilled to have been awarded a broadcast licence. For many 15 to 25 year olds, radio lacks the vibrancy and interactivity of the social media platforms they use every day. Radio is ready for a 21st century reboot and the possibilities are limitless. We hope Platform B will inspire Brighton’s young people to get involved in reimagining radio.”
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