We use the broadcast 4'9" and it rocks. Itís a totally different board to the 5'6" broadcast (my GF hated that board).
We have 100 pound girls through 280 pounds guys riding it regularly and they all have no issue to ride without the handle.
For rank beginners its a tad difficult, but normally anyone can at least stand up and start to ride with the handle. They soon progress and find it no worries.
For the more advanced riders, you can remove the middle fin and it loosens right up. I have guys pulling shovs, verials and all sorts of advanced stuff with it.
A good all round board for everyone IMO. I know there have been a couple of threads reflecting these same comments recently, try a search for more info perhaps...