Radar Radio is a London-based radio station. The radio station prides itself on playing/hosting the next generation of musicians and broadcasters. Radar’s founder, 27-year-old Ollie Ashley – the son of the Sports Direct owner Mike Ashley. The station once prided its broadcasting content as a station with a lack of censorship. With the stations owner believing that people should have a platform to say what they want. Following this theory the station has come under immense scrutiny with allegations of sexual assault and cultural exploitation recently.
Former Dj collective Pxssy Palace made the following statement about the once popular radio station:
“A string of disappointing experiences with Radar…” – which it says included “allowing the airing of sexist, homophobic and transphobic shows,” “organisational racism” indicated by an imbalance in pay and promotion and “creating an uncomfortable and toxic environment.”
The statement received a prompt reply from the stations owner Ollie Ashley:
“We were very concerned and disappointed to see the statement from Pxssy Palace suggesting that we are getting some important aspects wrong. We don’t agree with all the opinions in that statement but like most organisations we know we are capable of making mistakes and have to be vigilant to maintain standards. However the statement didn’t seem to stop other DJs and employees coming forward with online posts detailing that would be leaving the radio station due to the allegations.”
Al-Hurra an ex-employee at the station told Newsbeat:
“I’ve heard conversations of Radar staff behind the scenes saying very misogynistic things, very homophobic things, very very racist things – and it’s like, you wouldn’t have a platform if it wasn’t for black people. The idea that young white men can come in, use this platform that’s built off the back of grime and have racist views at the same time is really really messed up.”
The female ex employee continues to mention:
“There was a producer who grabbed my bum when I was out at a club one night.”
She told the stations manager about the incident and his reply was it’s just “boys being boys” and she was then cautioned for venting her frustration on Facebook.
Al-hurra tried to get more of a professional response from a senior member of staff, but was greeted with a confidentiality agreement to sign to withhold her from making any public statements about the station and its billionaire family associates.
The radio station has since stop broadcasting with no indication as too when the it will be broadcasting again. Is this the end for the once so popular radio station? Or can it plug itself back in?