Premier Christian Radio heads to Strasbourg
Premier Christian Radio heads to Strasbourg
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Premier Christian Radio heads to Strasbourg

Premier Christian Radio will broadcast its ‘News Hour’ live from the European Parliament in Strasbourg today (Wednesday).

The Christian broadcaster is scheduled to interview British MEPs Jonathan Arnot [UKIP] and Paul Brennan [Labour] along with European MEPs. Premier will also focus on the UK elections in May and discuss the importance of Europe as a UK election issue.

“It’s an opportunity to introduce the European Parliament to Premier listeners,” says Marcus Jones, Group Head of News. “But we’ll also be finding out what Christian groups are doing.”

Meanwhile the station’s campaign to stay on Digital One was highlighted in The Times newspaper today, with members of the Lords and Commons urging the radio regulator Ofcom to intervene.

A Letter to The Times, signed by five cross party politicians says: “We are alarmed that the UK’s only full-service Christian radio station, Premier Christian Radio, has been told it will lose its place on the Digital One national transmission platform. This appears to be the result of a deal between the Digital One operator, Arqiva, and Global Radio to broadcast more pop music stations.”

The letter is signed by Stephen Timms MP, Fiona Bruce MP, Gary Streeter MP, Rev Dr Leslie Griffiths [Lord Griffiths of Bury Port], and Lord Alton of Liverpool.

“The loss of Premier Christian Radio would change the range of stations offered out of all recognition. Its replacement with more pop would make a mockery of the commitment to diversity.”

The five conclude; “Ofcom should firmly reject the eviction of Premier Christian Radio from the national DAB platform.”

Here’s the Letter to The Times newspaper in full:-

Dear Sir,

We are alarmed that the UK’s only full-service Christian radio station, Premier Christian Radio, has been told it will lose its place on the Digital One national transmission platform. This appears to be the result of a deal between the Digital One operator, Arqiva, and Global Radio to broadcast more pop music stations.

Ofcom, the regulator of the radio market, should intervene to prevent the station’s unnecessary removal from the network. The loss of Premier Christian Radio would change the range of stations offered out of all recognition. Its replacement with more pop would make a mockery of the commitment to diversity.

Premier Christian Radio provides round-the-clock prayer, ministry, discussion and Christian news from around the world. Hundreds of thousands of listeners – including the isolated elderly and disabled – rely on the station.

Ofcom should firmly reject the eviction of Premier Christian Radio from the national DAB platform.

The Rt Hon Stephen Timms MP
The Rt Hon Gary Streeter MP
The Rt Hon Fiona Bruce MP
Rev Dr Leslie Griffiths; Lord Griffiths of Burry Port
Prof. Lord Alton of Liverpool

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