Nachdem, wie man aus den anderen Threads an der sich zuspitzenden Verunsachlichung und Emotionalisierung sieht, die deutsche Radioszene als Gesprächsthema weitgehend ausgereizt scheint, ist der Zeitpunkt gekommen (Stichwort Europa, Globalisierung) mal einen Blick über die Grenzen zu werfen. Hier erreichen mich tröstliche Nachrichten, denn: Anderswo siehts leider Gottes auch nicht besser aus, hier ein Lagebericht aus Finnland: I can remember how strict it was licensing the first local commercial radios in 1985 (Radio Lakeus in Nivala and Radio City in Helsinki were the first licencees). All sorts of qualifications were required from the licensees. Now the licensing policy in Finland is very liberal in Finland and it looks like there is no principles left licensing the stations. The worst thing in licensing was licensing networks (and allowing stations networking), regional and national, as they really ate out the economical basis of the true local radios. Nowadays, practically almost all local stations are actually only a juke-box with extremely minimized stuff!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! They don´t have stuff to really do programmes of any journalistic standards ...... they just play music, music, music and the DJs put some words of non-sense between the pieces of music, some ads here and there, maybe a lost dog reported (in smaller stations) and the news of the national news agency read on the hour. Thats the sad picture of most local commercial radios in Finland. The licencing was badly liberated during Holkeri´s government, which was a disaster most of all to Finland in economic sense. A good example of their licensing policy is licensing Radio Seinäjoki. There were more than ten applicants in Seinäjoki for the license several such applicants that really capacity to run the radio. Still they chose to give the license to an organization close to the other ruling party in the organization. Radio Seinäjoki had nerve to use slogan "born free" after all that. Now the station´s owner base is different. A good example of how all the principles were forgotten was the licensing of the national network named Radio Nova. First of all, in my opinion, no national nor regional neworks should not have been allowed in the first place. It would have been more than logical comparing to the sharing of the first licenses. Secondly, Radio Nova got it´s license as "national news radio", which has proved to be a big class joke from the very beginning. The licensing should have strict and fair rules. Above all, the license should be for certain format and the station should be shut down, if the format is not sticked to. It is sad that practically in every european country the commercial radios are badly networked, which badly eats out the space of local radios or at least lowers the standard of local radios extremely badly. The waste of frequencies of the state/public broadcaster YLE here is an other problem. Wie siehts in anderen Ländern aus? Wo gibt es die interessantesten Entwicklungen?