GERONIMO ALLEGE JAMMING (11 July 1970)
Radio Geronimo has complained to the BBC about alleged jamming of
Geronimo's programmes from Radio Four transmitting station in Folkestone.
The transmitting station, Geronimo claims, produces a continuous tone on
206 metres medium wave, when Radio 4 closes down each night. Geronimo is
one metre away, at 205 metres MW.
Commented a BBC spokesman: "The BBC doesn't jam other stations. Radio 4 is
a perfectly legal station and for Geronimo to intercept any signals, it
must be because they've set their transmissions too close to us."
The Geronimo complaint has been sent to the Head of BBC Broadcasting and
to Christopher Chataway, the Minister of Posts and Telecommunications.
Meanwhile, a new pop station takes to the air in September from the
transmitters of Radio Andorra, the station first used by Radio Geronimo.
The new project will use the 250 kilowatt station in the Pyrenees to
broadcast an hour long British pop programme every night from 1am........
How the BBC was
'jammed' (24 July 1970)
THE BBC, which is not unfamiliar with the art of
jamming, was 'jammed' itself yesterday. And the mechanics of the operation
couldn't have been simpler. A group of young people arrived at
Broadcasting House with a pile of plastic bags filled with jam bought from
a nearby store - and hurled them at the building. The thick and sticky
mixture of strawberry, apricot, blackcurrant and greengage jam spread over
the doors, the windows, the walls, and the pavement. One of London's
tastier demos, it was carried out by a group protesting that for six weeks
the BBC has been jamming the late night pop station, Radio Geronimo.
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outside the closed doors of Broadcasting House.
||A youth is led
away by police.
THE DAY THEY 'JAMMED' THE BBC
by ROBERT HART (24 July 1970)
THE BBC was 'jammed' yesterday - by a small group
of demonstrators. They left jam on the walls, the doors, and on the
They said they were retaliating because for the last six weeks the BBC
had been jamming - in more traditional style - Radio Geronimo, a pop radio
station based in Monte Carlo.
In fact the BBC deny having anything to do with jamming the British-based
station which has been broadcasting late-night programmes quite legally
for three months.
Supporters of Radio Geronimo turned up outside Broadcasting House armed
with 30lb of jam which had been poured into plastic bags. They bombarded
the buildings and smeared the jam over doors and windows.
Hugh Nolan, a 26 year old disc-jockey with Radio Geronimo, said: "The BBC
deny the jamming is going on. We know it is."
Two men were arrested later.
Radio men threw jam at BBC
TWO programme directors of a radio station, who
threw bags full of jam at the BBC headquarters, Broadcasting House, were
Mr. Edward Robey, magistrate at Marlborough Street Court, London, told
them: "You ought to know better."
When arrested one of the men, who both work for Radio Geronimo, said: "The
BBC jam us, so we jammed them."
Barry Everitt, 22, of Tennyson Road, Mill Hill, and Hugh Nolan, 26, of
Denning Road, Hampstead, were each fined £25 and bound over for insulting
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