There's plenty of trouble in the State of Denmark at the moment. Abhorring the very?
There's plenty of trouble in the State of Denmark at the moment. Abhorring the very idea of commercial radio, the State-owned broadcasting network is attempting to silence a pirate station, Radio Merkur.
Every night for an hour, this new station broadcasts a series of entertainment programme, interloped with advertisements, from the Kattegat Straits,-- the water between Sweden and Denmark. The station is in fact a ship, which flies the Panamanian flag.
Although it has protested to the Panama Government, the Danish Government is unable to chase Radio Merkur off the air.
The programme items are recorded in studios in north Sjelland, Denmark, and sent to ship. With the publicity that the station is receiving at present orders are rolling in for advertising time.
Recently the ship put into a Swedish harbour, Malmo, for repairs. A new radio mast had to fitted. Unfortunately there was an oversight regarding the possible effects of the hugs mast can on the stability of the ship. Before there was a mishap the crew poured 40 tons of ballast into the holds.
So far the most the Danish Government has managed to do is force the ship from its territorial waters.