RADIO JACKIE HISTORY ARCHIVE 

..."no frequencies are available" claims...
...were completely...
...and utterly untrue...
...the BBC agreed...
...engineers agreed...
...journals campaigned..
..books were published..
...putting forth the arguments...
...activists lobbied...
...1986's Peacock Committee wanted hundreds of stations...
...in 1987, minister John Butcher supported freer access to the airwaves..
...yet progress was blocked at every turn.
The post-mortem
Hundreds had come to the studios...
...the press arrived...
...film crews came along...
...and the story hit the evening TV news...
...the public had been turning up...
...throughout the day...
...eventually packing all the rooms...
...the stairways...
...and the corridors...
...staying on later...
...and protesting...
...well into the night
Three raids in four days had ended the dream
Andrew Hewkin read the last news...
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