Ending UK Radio Monopoly – 1970 – The Crucial Year

… commercial radio and so end the BBC’s radio monopoly if it was returned to power at the next General Election. This then was the prevailing situation at the beginning of 1970 with the Labour government, on one side, dogmatically opposed to any form of commercial radio and the Opposition Conservatives on the other side, promising its early introduction. Then in 1970 two events took place… First, on 24 March 1970 a powerful new offshore pirate radio ship called Radio Northsea …

CIB Origins : National Commercial Radio Movement and Free Radio Association

… (Offences) Bill through Parliament which eventually became law on 14th August 1967. Many radio listeners at the time did not object to the closing of the offshore stations as such – what really made them angry was the then government’s decision to reject the introduction of land-based independent radio by imposing a diet of monopoly radio only. Three of the free radio listener groups which merged in February 1967 to form the Free Radio Association (FRA) were the “Commercial …