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Jewish radio silenced

by: Leslie Bunder - Last updated: 2007-10-28



Teething problems have hit a new Jewish community radio station that had planned to start broadcasting in north west London from Sunday. Jcom has been unable to broadcast any of its planned programming either on air or through the internet.

Jcom, which was formed by former presenters and volunteers of rival Shalom Radio, received a restricted service licence that allows it to broadcast for up to 28 days after which it says it will apply for a full five year licence.

"I was really looking forward to listening to the station," one worried listener told SomethingJewish. "But everytime I tried to tune in or listen online, there was nothing to hear."

SomethingJewish tried to get through to Jcom via its advertised studio number as well as office number on Sunday and Monday but found the lines ringing without being answered.

In a statement on its website, the broadcaster said: "Jcom Radio is experiencing a major technical issue (beyond our control) preventing us from broadcasting from our studio. We will be back as soon as we can. Please accept our apologies for this unexpected loss of service (both broadcast and NET) on our launch day."

Jcom is scheduled to continue broadcasting until November 24.

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