Pulse FM have reluctantly abandoned its case seeking a judicial review into the awarding of the youth licence for Dublin. Pulse FM, who lost out to Spin FM, would have been required to lodge £100,000 as security for costs, which Pulse claimed in a statement is “nothing short of a gagging order”.
“It should be a matter of public concern, in particular in the current climate, that a body, all of whose members are appointed by the politicians of the day, can decide who has a right to broadcast in this country without any obligations to state reasons for its decision,” Pulse FM said.
Pulse 103FM, referred to by many as “The Pirate of the Nineties”, closed down one year ago today hoping for a successful licence application which they didn’t achieve. Essential Galaxy 94FM will be rerunning the final hour of Pulse FM at 6pm this evening!
Dublin station Pulse FM are back on air again, and are once again broadcasting on a frequency already used by another station. Now operating on 102.5MHz, this frequency has been occupied by weekend rock service ‘The Zone’ since March of last year.
Speaking to Radiowaves News this evening, The Zone’s station manager expressed his disappointment at these latest developments: “Without any regard to the station already broadcasting on this frequency, the operators of Pulse FM believe they can just occupy the frequency and cause severe interference with the Zone’s weekend service. While we are acutely conscious that no illegal operator owns any frequency, one would like to hope that even in a competitive environment, no one station would run rough-shot over another.”
Pulse FM first started in February of this year and have already been involved in a few frequency disputes, the most recent being a very public falling out with Breeze FM over the use of 105.7MHz.
Two stations claim that they are planning to broadcast on 105.7MHz in Dublin in the near future.
Pulse FM, who have recently been guilty of jumping on frequencies already occupied by other stations, are now claiming in contact with The Anorak Hour that they will relaunch from a new transmission site in the next few weeks. However, the station have made similar claims to Radiowaves News on a number of occasions since they first appeared on air at the start of the year.
Meanwhile, Future FM have also claimed that they will be moving to this frequency soon. The underground dance station presently broadcasts on 93.8MHz.
A strong blank carrier appeared on 105.7MHz during the week but has been off the air today.
Pulse FM are now claiming that the blank carrier on 105.7MHz in Dublin belongs to them.
Speaking to Radiowaves News, station owner Ben Murray says: “The signal on 105.7 will get more powerful as of Wednesday and an audio loop will be put through it.”
Future FM had also claimed that they would be moving onto the frequency, but that is no longer the case according to Murray: “Future FM will not be going on the frequency after all as they didn’t know we were on 105.7.”
The station have been plagued with technical problems since they launched last February, but Murray says that the problems have now been sorted and “105.7 will be our home from now on”.
Pulse FM now have music programming again on 105.7MHz in Dublin. The station previously launched on the frequency when it was occupied by Breeze FM causing major interference to NewsTalk 106. Forced to vacate the frequency, they moved to 102.5MHz, which was already home to rock station ‘The Zone’. They now claim that they have come to a financial agreement with Breeze FM over use of 105.7FM – but, according to Breeze FM’s station manager, they have failed to honour that agreement.