• Short Summary

    Two 200-feet high radio transmitting towers, now obsolete, were felled September 22 by demolition gangs at Huizen Holland.

  • Description

    Two 200-feet high radio transmitting towers, now obsolete, were felled September 22 by demolition gangs at Huizen Holland.

    The towers were cut at the base by oxy-acetylene blow lamps, then pulled over by heavy ropes. The wreckage was worth GBP1,717 to the contractor.

    The towers first transmitted in 1928. One of the first programmes sent out was entitled Happy Station, a regular feature that captured the hearts of the Dutch nation.

    Both transmitters were silenced by 1940 when World War Two broke out for the Dutch. And with it ended broadcasts from the PCJ station. To Dutchmen PCJ had once stood for Peace, Cheers and Jollity.

    During the war, the Germans intended to use the transmitters for propaganda to East and West. A favourite Dutch joke is that due to a technical error in beaming, the broadcasts for North America ended up at the North Pole for the benefit of bears and penguins.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA5CWYL48PKNAKQ4UQXE5OSBSFH
    Media URN:
    VLVA5CWYL48PKNAKQ4UQXE5OSBSFH
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    23/09/1958
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:54:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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