Plans were announced in May 1966 for the launch of Caroline TV from the Cheeta 2 which had originally been partially equipped by Radio Nord/Radio Mercur for their planned TV service to southern Sweden and Denmark in 1962.
After Swedish offshore station Radio Syd had acquired Cheeta 2 following Radio Mercur’s closure, the vessel had been fully equipped (and briefly used) for television broadcasts by TV Syd at the end of the 1965.
Cheeta 2 had been loaned to Radio Caroline South in January 1966 as a temporary replacement for the Mi Amigo, which had been damaged after running aground during a storm. By April 1966 the Mi Amigo had been repaired and refurbished and once again fully taken over broadcasting Radio Caroline South programmes.
The Cheeta 2 was then surplus to the station’s radio requirements and Caroline TV was planned to broadcast to London and south east England from 10.00am-
An alternative plan was also announced by Philip Soloman of Radio Caroline for using the Cheeta 2 -
However, problems with the physical condition and legal ownership of Cheeta 2 prevented either of these offshore television plans coming to fruition.
Ronan O'Rahilly started to put together plans for a Caroline Television station in 1968, shortly after the enforced closure of the two Caroline radio stations.
Using two huge Constellation aircraft flying at 20,000 feet twelve miles off the east coast of Britain it was proposed to beam television programmes every night from 6.00pm -
The concept, however unlikely it may sound, was technically feasible -
A number of press conferences were held in London to publicise the plan in 1968, but the project then faded from the media's attention. However, by mid-
Despite this extensive publicity no broadcasts were ever made by Caroline TV and Ronan O'Rahilly blamed the failure on the withdrawal of support from advertisers and backers in the face of British Government pressure.
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26th April 1966
3rd May 1966
Disc and Music Echo
9th May 1970
28th June 1970
Cheeta 2, possible home for Caroline TV
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9th May 1970
Thanks to Terry Bate for supplying us with additional information about plans for Caroline TV .
30th August 1970