• Short Summary

    THOSE 'PIRATES' OF THE 20TH CENTURY SEAS - THE OFFSHORE COMMERCIAL RADIO STATIONS ARE IN THE NEWS AGAIN..

  • Description

    THOSE 'PIRATES' OF THE 20TH CENTURY SEAS - THE OFFSHORE COMMERCIAL RADIO STATIONS ARE IN THE NEWS AGAIN.. IN PARTICULAR, THE ONE OFF THE DUTCH COAST. THE GALES AND HEAVY SEAS DURING THE WEEKEND PREVENTED THE AUTHORITIES FROM TAKING ACTION UNDER THE NEW LAW WHICH CAME INTO FORCE ON FRIDAY WHICH GIVES THE GOVERNMENT POWER TO CLOSE THE STATION.

    CAMERAMEN AND REPORTERS CHARTERED A FISHING BOAT TO MAKE THE TRIP OUT INTO THE NORTH SEA FOR A CLOSER LOOK AT THE PLATFORM TV STATION. AS THE ARTIFICIAL 'ISLAND' STANDS ABOVE SEA LEVEL, NOBODY CAN LAND, BUT OWING TO THE TV ANTENNAE IT WOULD BE A VERY RISKY OPERATION IN STORMY CONDITIONS.

    DURING THE WEEKEND THE MAN WHO BUILT THE ISLAND, MR. VEROLME, AND THE STATION MANAGER, MR. BRANDEL SAID THEY WOULD STOP BROADCASTING BUT THE STATION'S FOUNDER MR. HEEREMA ORDERED HIS TECHNICIANS NOT TO ASSIST POLICE OFFICERS IF THEY ARRIVED TO SEAL OFF THE TRANSMITTERS.

    IN A MOVE TO COUNTER THE DUTCH GOVERNMENT'S ACTION, IT WAS ANNOUNCED ON SATURDAY THAT A FOREIGN COMPANY WOULD RUN THE STATION BUT THIS WOULD NOT MAKE ANY LEGAL DIFFERENCE. DUTCH LAW CAN BE ENFORCED WHATEVER THE NATIONALITY OF THE BROADCASTING COMPANY.

    MEANWHILE AS THE 'PIRATES' AND THE VIEWING PUBLIC ARE WAITING FOR THE GOVERNMENT'S FIRST EFFECTIVE MOVE- THE STATION IS STILL ON THE AIR.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA91Z6GA8XBPUCW8GKZ3YXWCY3L
    Media URN:
    VLVA91Z6GA8XBPUCW8GKZ3YXWCY3L
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    15/12/1964
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:00:44:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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