BROADCASTING   BILL

Broadcasting Bill
The Broadcast Bill had its second reading in the House of Lords on 5th June 1990. During the debate, Lord Annan, who headed the 1976 Annan Committee that reported on British Broadcasting, spoke of the new proposals...."I particularly dislike the extraordinary amendments to the marine broadcasting Act 1967 which are aimed at Radio Caroline. The amendments proposed will make it unlawful for any foreign ship on the high seas to broadcast to the United Kingdom. It will enable the police, the army, Customs officers and anyone who is authorised by the Secretary of State to board and search these foreign ships and to seize documents". In summing up at the end of the debate, Earl Ferrers said that..."The provisions of the Bill are in accordance with international law. The United Nations Law of the Sea Convention allows states to act against ships on the high seas of any nationality, or none, if broadcasts from them can be received on their territory or cause interference". Lord Ferrers failed to mention that whilst the United Nations Law of the Sea Convention (UNCLOS) allowed action against ships on the high seas, the United Kingdom was not a signatory to UNCLOS in common with a number of European countries who were unwilling to sign due to disputed mineral rights.

558 Tests
After closing down on the afternoon of Monday 25th June 1990, nothing more was heard from Radio Caroline until tests were heard in the early hours of Friday 6th July 1990. On Sunday 8th July 1990, more tests were heard, and in the early evening an announcement heard "You're listening to a test transmission from the radio ship Ross Revenge, home of Radio Caroline on 558 kHz, we'll be back very soon".

 

Chamber Of Shipping
The International Chamber of Shipping, who represent national ship owners associations in 53 countries and whose members own or operate more than half the world's merchant tonnage, wrote to Earl Ferrers, the Home Office Minister, on 18th July 1990. They stated their concern over the proposed changes to the MOA, with regard to boarding and search of ships, in that "the example of the United Kingdom may be followed by other, less responsible, states to justify powers against foreign-flag vessels on the high seas which exceed the terms of international agreement".

Painting the ship

Rico painting the ship

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DJs line-up April, May, June 1990

Lord Annan

Lord Annan

Ross

 

Ricky Jones

Ricky Jones

Louise Roberts

Louise Roberts

 

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Complete Radio Caroline News
as published in OEM 82

 

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Ross Revenge mid-1990

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