Arena is a documentary series focusing on the arts and entertainment which has been broadcast by the BBC since October 1975
This episode is about the story of Radio Caroline which led to an explosion of popular music in the 1960’s and the opening up of the airwaves. It shows how Ronan O'Rahilly, desperate at the lack of airtime on existing radio stations to hear the new emerging music, came up with a plan to anchor a ship in international waters and broadcast pop and rock into the UK - in defiance of the authorities.
Featuring contributions from Simon Dee, Mickie Most, Ronan O'Rahilly, Jocelyn Stevens and Ian Ross
Producer -Ultan Guilfoyle
Cinematography -George Tiffin
Film Editing -Nigel Finch
First Transmitted (UK) - 1st March 1991
Running time -30 minutes
Offshore Radio Connection
The programme was made by Bob Geldoff's film company Planet Pictures for BBC 2's Arena programme.
Three days before its broadcast, the producers were contacted by the legal department of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), warning them that they could be committing an offence.
The BBC bowed to pressure and some cuts were made to the programme’s footage.