Phantom FM licence challenged

The Broadcasting Commission of Ireland (BCI) has been accused of breaking broadcasting law by awarding two temporary licences to former pirate station Phantom FM shortly before it was awarded the new Dublin radio franchise.

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Ian Kehoe

19th March, 2005

In a letter to the BCI dated March 9, the losing consortium for the franchise, Zed FM, said the granting of the two temporary licences was “in contravention of statute'‘. By law, a radio station is only eligible to receive one temporary 30-day licence each year. However, Zed FM claims that Phantom circumvented this rule by getting two licences under two company names, Wireless Media and Coxstone.

Zed is arguing that Phantomstated in its...

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