Ending UK Radio Monopoly – 1970 – The Crucial Year

… replace the very popular offshore pirate radio stations the then Labour government, instead of introducing alternative radio services to the BBC, a decision which would likely have received some popular approval, decided instead to dogmatically uphold the radio monopoly by requesting the BBC to introduce a new music service called “Radio One” which started in September 1967. The Labour government also asked the BBC to start a series of local radio stations up and down the country to …

CIB Origins : National Commercial Radio Movement and Free Radio Association

… founder members included Paul Peters and Caroline Peters. All NCRM founder members had previously been members or founder members of the Free Radio Association (FRA) based in Rayleigh, Essex. The FRA originally came into being in February 1967 through a merger of a number of listener groups which supported the offshore pirate radio stations. These radio stations had been on the air since 1964 and the Government were planning to put them out of business by passing the Marine Broadcasting …