London’s urban station Radar Radio has announced that it is suspending broadcasting after facing fresh allegations of sexual misconduct.
The news emerged yesterday after allegations of misconduct and inappropriate conduct towards a minority group called ‘Pxssy Palace‘
“[We have] made the decision to suspend broadcasting until we are in a position to address the recent commentary around aspects of the station”, the station’s representatives said in a statement.
DJ collective Pxssy Palace announced they would leave Radar last month, the statement read : “We feel that they have tokenised women, feminism, queer and trans culture, and Black and other people of colour, for capitalist purposes whilst making little to no effort to practise intersectionality within their own organisation.”
Pxssy Palace claim a series of different events have occured and named many of them including the following:
- Allowing the airing of sexist, homophobic and transphobic shows, with no evident attempt to apologise, or take reparatory actions following this
- Appropriation of culture, without consultation, or involvement, of the specific cultural groups
- The theft of intellectual ideas from people of colour with little transparency or attempt to share credit
- Organisation racism
- Asking staff (DJs, presenters, producers, members of the in house team) to work for free/low pay – despite financial capability, evidence by them pouring excessive amounts of cash into Radar’s refurbishment and to specific members of management and staff
- Creating an uncomfortable and toxic environment which has led to the departure of many women of colour staff
Radar Radio released a statement in response to the allegations which they stated they 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. We have taken immediate action to review and assess any shortcomings with the input of all Radar staff, especially those who are female, LGBTQI+ and POC.
‘We unreservedly apologise to anybody who has felt unsafe or discriminated against at Radar Radio, either via programming or content or within the building. This was never our intention.’
Read the official statement on MixedSpicesLDN Blog here
— Tobago Tracks (@Tobagotracks) April 16, 2018
RE: Radar Radio
It’s with great disappointment to announce that I’ll be leaving Radar Radio, where I record my monthly podcast.
I do not condone what’s surfaced regarding the mistreatment of Black Women at Radar Radio.
My past shows will still be online for you to listen back.
— THE SLUMFLOWER (@theslumflower) April 16, 2018
I am deeply saddened by the recent news regarding Radar Radio. Unfortunately, due to these views being so far removed from my own, this has left me with no choice but to step down as host of the breakfast show. I would like to thank all my listeners and every single guest.
— snoochie shy (@snoochieshy) April 16, 2018