offshore radio broadcasts
to the United Kingdom by
Sir James Goldsmith
planned for the 1997 Election
This page was last updated on Thursday, February 20, 2003.
|This is a research project by Genie Baskir and the author is looking
O n the all-inclusive omnibus offshore radio Internet web site which is located at http://www.offshore-radio.de (see link below, left), there is a very interesting story supplied to the Webmaster by Mr. Paul Alexander Rusling about a radio ship that is said by him to have been called "Kowloon" and "Shanghai Moon".
According to Mr. Rusling this radio ship was intended for use by Sir James Goldsmith during the 1997 British General Election under the name of "Referendum Radio." Unfortunately no one contacted to date by the author of this web page seems to know anything about this project, that is apart from Mr. Rusling who these days is advancing another project to build a longwave radio station on the Isle of Man with an offshore radio tower in Ramsay Bay. On another web site Mr. Rusling's parent company is identified by him as being Business Data Ltd., trading as Worldwide Broadcast Consultants of Willerby, Hull in England. The original article for which the author is seeking additional information, reads as follows:
"Ships details: The "Bacardi Project" also went under the name of "Project Moon" based on the former name of the ship. In 1987, Worldwide Broadcast Consultants (a company which included Paul Rusling) was contracted to install a complete AM radio station into a ship for a US born Bahamian resident. They advised on the sourcing of a ship and the various associated radio equipment, including a Nautel 100,000 Watt AM transmitter and two 400,000 KVA Caterpillar generators. Installing the transmitter, generators and building studios was carried out in a dock in Port Everglades, Florida (between Miami and Fort Lauderdale). The ship was then taken to Freeport harbour on Grand Bahama, for further work on the ship to be carried out. Two full studios and a newsroom were installed. The studios had a state of the art automation system made by RCS installed by Rusling, whose family moved to Freeport on Grand Bahama Island for almost a year at the time.
Due to activities by the British Department of Trade and Industry, it was decided to wait and see what reaction was to a relaunch of Laser. The crew of 7 plus a team of 8 disc jockeys/engineers were kept on full pay for over 6 months by the wealthy owners, and were put up at the 5 star Xanadu Hotel. They were joined at various stages by several pop business moguls who were suspected of involvement and a former member of the Beatles, who is a well-known radio afficionado. In 1988 however, the owner was advised by lawyers in London to not advertise his drinks in this manner, and the ship and equipment was moth-balled. Crew and DJs received handsome pay-offs and a promise of further work if they promised not to discuss the station. Rusling used his profits to set up one of the first full colour newspapers in England and to expand his WBC business into Germany and the Netherlands.
In 1996, Worldwide Broadcast Consultants discovered that the ship and equipment had been sold to a well known British multi-millionaire, James Goldsmith, who planned to use the ship and radio station to transmit political propaganda to the UK to support his bid to get the UK to hold a referendum on the question of joining the European monetary Union. The ship was moved to Halifax Nova Scotia where further work was done on the transmitters by former Nautel staff and a sophisticated system of communications built in, which would have permitted live inserts to broadcasts by Goldsmith from wherever he was in the UK using the (then very new) digital GSM cellular telephone network and a satellite link to the ship. Worldwide Broadcast Consultants denied that they were directly involved in the operation of the ship, but had advised on some work done in Canada. (WBC were at the time involved in setting up a station on 828 AM in Holland for Veronica/Nozema as well as licensing work with Virgin Radio and could not be seen to be involved with such a political station).
Eventually, senior members of the Conservative party in the UK heard of the plans and it is suspected they and sympathisers in Canada prevented the ship from sailing in time for it to participate in the UK elections, which the Conservative Party lost. The transmitters were removed from the ship in 1998 and part of them were used for a radio station in Buenos Aires.
Planned offshore radio station: GOLD AM - 711 kHz AM (named for Bacardi Gold) and Referendum Radio (for UK Referendum Party)
Planned location: International waters approx 22 miles NE of North Foreland, by the Galloper light. Flag and a licence for the projects were issued (and) provided by Liberian Consul." [END]
For more information use the pull down menu to the left. If you have knowledge about this alleged broadcasting project by the late Sir James Goldsmith on behalf of his 1997 Referendum Party, then please use the email connection (left) to contact the author: Genie Baskir
Thursday, February 20, 2003.
© Copyright 2003 by Genie Baskir
Click the arrow to return to the top of this page.
2) The Halifax, Nova Scotia web site of Nautel Transmitters.
3) Paul Rusling's Isle of Man Broadcasting Project.
4) The Referendum Movement, one of the successors in interest to the Referendum Party.
5) The web site of a former Referendum Party candidate.