Pxssy Palace and Mixed Spices call out the London radio station for organisational racism and silencing sexual harassment allegations
New claims have been made against the London based online station Radar Radio via a blog post by a former show producer Ashtart Al-Hurra. These new allegations add to a number of previous complaints made against the station which is owned by Ollie Ashley, the son of Mike Ashley, owner of Sports Direct.
The article comes following the announcement earlier this month via Instagram that Pxssy Palace would be terminating their relationship with the station on the basis of tokenism, theft of intellectual ideas, airing of sexist, homophobic and transphobic attitudes, organisational racism, a toxic working environment causing many women of colour to leave, and not paying wages to workers. Radar responded with an initial statement. “We were very concerned and disappointed to see the statement from Pxssy Palace suggesting that we are getting some important aspects wrong,” they said.
“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.”
Now, ex-producer Ashtart Al-Hurra has made further allegation alleging to sexual harassment and silencing.
“After I [made the complaint], I was told that what happened ‘just sounded like small things’, that ‘it’s just boys being boys’, and that ‘they’re just chirpsing’,” she explains, describing the reaction to her complaint. “They concluded by saying that I should tell a manager (which I had done) or ‘stay silent on the topic’.”
She continues, “the HR person sent me a confidential letter outlining that they would take action through providing staff with sensitivity training. This was the only thing they said they would do, and according to friends of mine who still work there – this never happened.”
Al-Hurra goes on to explain how she was asked to sign a confidentiality agreement form “declaring that I would not reveal any of this information to anybody without the permission of Ollie Ashley or a member of Eacotts [Sports Direct's accountants].”
“Nobody actually needs Radar, Radar needs artists,” she concludes. “Otherwise it wouldn’t have built itself off the back of the black working class people who pioneered Grime.”
You can read the full statement via mixedspices.co.uk