• Short Summary

    THE BRITISH GOVERNMENT IS BUILDING TWO RADIO TRANSMITTERS IN BECHUANALAND TO BEAM BROADCAST TO NEIGHBOURING RHODESIA.

  • Description

    THE BRITISH GOVERNMENT IS BUILDING TWO RADIO TRANSMITTERS IN BECHUANALAND TO BEAM BROADCAST TO NEIGHBOURING RHODESIA.

    THEIR CONSTRUCTION -- JUST OUTSIDE FRANCISTOWN, NEAR THE RHODESIAN BORDER -- FOLLOWS RHODESIA'S DECISION TO NO LONGER RE-TRANSMIT BBC BROADCASTS FROM LONDON. THE TRANSMITTERS -- ONE MEDIUM-WAVE, THE OTHER SHORT-WAVE -- HAVE A RANGE OF UP TO 1000 MILES (1600 KMS). THE BBC SAID THEY WERE EXPECTED TO CARRY PROGRAMMES FROM THE WORLD SERVICE, BEGINNING IN THE NEW YEAR.

    A WIRE MESH SECURITY FENCE IS BEING BUILT AROUND THE CAMP, WHICH OCCUPIES A 60-ACRE (24.28-HECTARE) SITE IN CLEARED BUSH COUNTRY. THE RAF IS FLYING IN THE EQUIPMENT FROM THE STAGING POINT AT LIVINGSTONE, ON THE ZAMBIAN BORDER. UNLOADING IS DONE BY PRISONERS, SUPERVISED BY WARDERS ARMED WITH JAMBOK STICKS (CLUBS).

    CONSTRUCTION WORK IS BEING CARRIED OUT UNDER POLICE GUARD. MR HAROLD ROBIN, CHIEF ENGINEER ON THE PROJECT. HAS BEEN REPORTED AS SAYING "RELATIONS BETWEEN THE TOWNFOLK AND OURSELVES ARE STRAINED. WE ARE KEEPING OUR EYES OPEN FOR TROUBLE." THE REPORT SAID THERE HAD BEEN TALK OF SABOTAGING THE STATION.

    MEANWHILE, RHODESIANS HAVE BEEN WARNED AGAINST LISTENING TO "SUBVERSIVE AND SEDITIOUS" BROADCASTS MADE FROM COUNTRIES BORDERING RHODESIA. ANYONE WHO "CAUSES OR PERMITS TO BE HEARD IN PUBLIC" ONE OF THESE BROADCAST IS LIABLE TO A FINE OF GBP500 OR TWO YEARS' JAIL, OR BOTH.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA4EAKNMD4VNTBCO6AT4Z82ZVQK
    Media URN:
    VLVA4EAKNMD4VNTBCO6AT4Z82ZVQK
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    11/12/1965
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:34:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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