The Richie Allen Show was deleted by tunein.com today. The show had been broadcasting on the platform since 2014. TuneIn streams thousands of radio shows, mainstream and independent. It has more than 75 million monthly users.
The Richie Allen Show had tens of thousands of followers on TuneIn. Earlier this afternoon, I was made informed by a friend that the show had been deleted from TuneIn’s directory. It was the first I had heard of it. The company hasn’t contacted me.
A listener tweeted the company to complain. TuneIn responded by confirming the show had been deleted because of a complaint and suggested that she contact me. I have no idea who complained or why.
These are tyrannical and terrifying times. Last year, PayPal deleted the show’s account. PayPal said it had received a complaint. The company wouldn’t tell me what the nature of the complaint was, let alone who made it.
The show goes on of course. It can be heard on this very website. However, time is running out for it. Keep an eye on the Online Harms Bill which is progressing through the British parliament.
I’m tired. I’ve been producing, editing and presenting the show for nearly eight years. Alone, might I add. I have no help and it’s an eighteen hour a day gig. Yes, I still love doing it, but the external pressures are relentless.
There’s so much I could say about the threats I (and my partner Caroline) have received but I wouldn’t give the fuckers the satisfaction.
They’re determined to get rid of The Richie Allen Show. I’m not planning on making it easy for them, but ultimately I am powerless to stop them.
To the various lobbies who are rejoicing at this news, I pity you. You are so short-sighted. In your desperate attempts to cancel everything and everyone you don’t like, you can’t see the blindingly obvious.
They’re coming for you too.
I’m the broadcaster and I haven’t heard from you. Please enlighten me as to why you would remove my show from your directory due to a single complaint? Why wouldn’t you want to put the complaint to me first? https://t.co/GxaISMkuuZ
— The Richie Allen Show (@BBGRichard) May 4, 2022