Some Surprises
Radio Caroline made a surprise return to the airwaves at 1800 on 558, on Monday 10th September 1990. Listeners in London and the South East of England suffered strong interference from London ethnic station Spectrum 558, and Radio Caroline settled onto an overnight only operation between 1800 and 0600, although the carrier signal was being left on for an hour or more after broadcasts had finished. On Friday 14th September, afternoon at 1400, Caroline appeared on air just after 1400. After playing I Spy for the DTI and Imagine, Ricky Jones announced over the start of Lady in Red "We're currently being circled by a British vessel, the Landward and known to be a DTI vessel". After playing All you need is Love, and Love you to know by Loving Awareness, Ricky announced "I'd like to dedicate this particular record to one Jim Murphy who's no doubt ensconced within the vessel that's circling us at the moment, the Landward, it's known to be under contract to the DTI". Ricky then played "We love the Pirates". The Landward had been one of the vessels involved in the August 1989 raid. After staying near the Ross Revenge for several hours, and taking photographs, the Landward left.

On 819
At breakfast time on Thursday 4th October 1990, Radio Caroline was heard testing on 819 kHz with continuous music. Tests continued the next day, and on Saturday 6th October 1990 Rico opened with full programming at 0615. 

The Broadcasting Bill was debated in the House of Lords for the final time on Monday 22nd & Tuesday 23rd October 1990. Lord Monson had wanted the more draconian aspects of the bill removed, whilst government minister Earl Ferrers felt the proposals were reasonable. The debate concluded. ... Earl Ferrers The noble Lord (Lord Monson) appears to take a great deal of persuading but I shall have another shot at it. The powers will be exercised with moderation and restraint. We intend to consult the flag state, where there is one, to ensure that it does not object before we act against a foreign flag vessel. Lord Monson My Lords, I am grateful to the noble Earl for what he said. However, as I said when speaking to the previous amendment, if he were to guarantee his presence at the Home Office for many years to come there would be no problem because he has given an assurance at the Dispatch Box and that is good enough for me. It is good to know that the Government intend in practice to consult foreign governments when it is proposed to board their vessels, but there will be no legal obligation on the part of the Government to do so, and therein lies the difficulty. In the absence, disappointingly, of support from any other part of the House I beg leave to withdraw the amendment. The House of Lords then continued to discuss other aspects of the Bill, before passing it that evening and returning it to the House of Commons. The Broadcasting Bill received the Royal Assent on 1st November 1990 and came into effect on 1st January 1991.

Tony Palmer & Nick Jackson

Tony Palmer and Nick Jackson




Jim Murphy

Jim Murphy (DTI)

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Louise Roberts, Nick Jackson and Tony Palmer

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