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FIP fund launched to get station on air
The people behind a French radio station which gained a massive cult following in Sussex have vowed to get back on the air again.
Watchdogs from the Office of Communications (Ofcom) raided a home in Hanover which was re-broadcasting Paris-based FIP radio across Brighton, earlier this year.
A man, whose identity remains unknown but who lives in Hanover, had grown so smitten with the station while in France that he set up an antennae which would broadcast it across the city.
It attracted a diverse range of listeners from politicians to shopkeepers with its quirky music and lack of adverts and chat, and had prompted people to move house just so they could keep reception.
However, following a complaint, Ofcom took a dim view of the set up and confiscated the equipment, banning FIP from the air in Sussex.
Now locals are to show their support for the European station by raising money to get FIP back up and running.
Dave Mounfield, who runs the successful Vive La FIP tribute nights, told The Argus he hoped that the station will be back on the air in Brighton soon and has announced the intention start up a fighting fund to make it happen.
He said: "After seven years of continuous broadcasting purely for the listening pleasure of the Brighton people, for no financial gain, the powers that be have leant on the mysterious folk who make FIP happen in this groovy city.
"It has made Brighton that bit less of a groovy place to be - for the time being.
"We at Vive La FIP are appalled at this bit of cultural vandalism and judging by the response from the public so are all good, honest Brightonians."
Mr Mounfield announced plans for a new Vive La FIP tribute night, being held on April 26 at 9pm at The Hope, Queen's Road, Brighton.
The event is free but donations are being made welcome on the door, which will be pumped directly into the fighting fund to get FIP back on the air.
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