Man charged over Galaxy incident
A man appeared in court yesterday charged with breaking into Galaxy 102.2 in Birmingham, and broadcasting obscenities live on air.
Police confirmed the man, who has yet to be named, was accused of forcing his way into the Global Radio building, on Broad Street, Birmingham city centre, and entering the Galaxy studio.
The man is being charged with burglary, damage and on offence of sending by means of the electronic communications network a message of gross offence or indecent nature.
It is still unclear how the man managed to take the studio out of network programming and go live on-air. Industry speculation believes it may have been an ex-employee.
[b]Just last month, all Galaxy stations were evacuated in response to an anonymous bomb threat, which RadioToday.co.uk has since found out arrived via SMS text message.[/b]
Galaxy owners Global Radio previously released this statement: "In the early hours of this morning, Monday 17th November 2008, there was an incident at the radio studios of Galaxy 102.2 in Birmingham. A man forced his way into the station but was arrested by the police at the scene. We can make no further comment at this stage."