Paulette phoned me this afternoon to say that the show of support outside the station had gone very well. The event was covered on ITV news this evening, and I was delighted to see lots of people there, including our friend Pat Hart who is the station manager of BCFM, the other community radio in Bristol.
While ITV was filming, the city council phoned Ujima’s chairman, Roger Griffith. The upshot of this is that we hope to be back on air very soon. There are more meetings to be had, but Mayor Ferguson is taking a personal interest in the situation (thanks George!) and consequently things are moving as quickly as can be expected. Roger issued the following statement:
We welcome this bold intervention by the Mayor to ensure our Radio station is back live on-air. I would also like to thank city councillors from all parties and our many friends who rallied around us in our time of need, from the community, arts and media groups. Finally we would like to pay tribute to our tireless volunteers and loyal listeners for their fantastic support and total dedication to our important cause.
That includes you folks, of course, and he tweeted me privately to thank you all for the help you have given. Well done, people. Here’s hoping that things get sorted out in time for next week’s show.
By the way, I think this is an excellent illustration of how social media can be used for good. Next time you see someone saying that Twitter is full of awful people doing evil things and they are glad that they are not on it, remember this campaign.