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The 50th Anniversary of BBC Radio Leicester is on 8th November 2017.

This unofficial blog aims to tell the story of Britain's first UK mainland local radio station, and to celebrate its achievements with the help of former staff, their families and our listeners.

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Free Radio Protesters

BackgroundPosted by Stephen Butt Sun, October 02, 2016 17:09:39
The opening of BBC Radio Leicester was noticed by many folk in Leicester thanks to the publiciity campaign which the BBC had been running over the previous three months. One group who paid much attention to the event was the Free Radio Campaign.

As the staff calmed their nerves and checked that all was ready for the opening programme, and as the special civic, political and BBC guests arrived, the campaigners staged a protest in Lower Lee Street, outside the entrnce to Epic House.


The protest was prompted by the Marine Offences Bill which became law on 14th August 1967, less than three month's before the launch of Radio Leicester. The Bill saw the end of most of the pirate radio stations.

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