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Radio Brod - Key Dates

1992

1992

A number of journalists from former Yugoslavian state radio and television services, as well as newspapers which were no longer able to publish, fled the country and settled in Paris.

They made contact with a number of French humanitarian and libertarian groups and decided that to establish a radio station broadcasting from outside Yugoslavia in order to provide an impartial news and information service.

August 1992

The organisation, Droit de Parole (The Right to Speak), was formed and initially negotiated an option to use a land-based transmitter in Hungary, a plan which was later abandoned in favour of using a ship-based transmitter.

1993

early 1993

A former Antarctic research vessel was chartered,re-named Droit de Parole and equipped as a radio station.

31st March 1993

After being fitted out as a radio ship Droit de Parole sailed from Marseilles for the Adriatic

9th April 1993

Test broadcasts for Radio Brod (Radio Boat), start at 11.00pm

early April  

The Droit de Parole had to return to port after a few days to have some  technical problems  rectified and storm damage repaired.

17th April 1993

The ship returned to sea and transmissions of Radio Brod recommenced

1st June 1993

Regular programmes start for Radio Brod

June 1993

The International Telecommunications Union (ITU) received representations from the Serbian authorities in the former Yugoslavia alleging that the offshore station's  frequency was illegal, because it was one allocated to Yugoslavia and Radio Brod's transmissions were interfering with the Montenegrin State Radio.

28th June 1993

The St. Vincent and Grenadines Government withdrew its registration of the Droit de Parole and Radio Brod was forced to close as its vessel was now technically stateless.

30th June 1993

The radio ship sailed to the Italian port of Bari, while the Droit de Parole organisation approached the ITU requesting the allocation of an official frequency to enable Radio Brod to resume its transmissions.

early August 1993

After Radio Brod had been off the air for nearly four weeks the authorities in St Vincent agreed to reinstate the ship's registration on a temporary basis for a period of three months, and consequently the station was able to return to the air.

late 1993

Radio Brod obtained further funding from the European Commission and the Emergency Humanitarian Aid Office, enabling it to continue broadcasting until February 1994.

1994

28th February 1994

With the cessation of funding from its main source, the European Commission,  Radio Brod was forced to close at midnight.

7th March 1994

The station made a brief return for a few days, but closed again while new sources of funding were sought. Ultimately this funding was not forthcoming and Radio Brod never returned to the air.

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