By Martin Shipton
20 January 2014
TV show discovers that campaigners broadcast illegal political broadcasts under the banner Radio Ceiliog (Radio Cockerel)
A group of Welsh nationalists were among the pioneers of illegal pirate radio, a TV programme revealed.
It’s well known that Radio Caroline and Radio Luxembourg challenged the BBC’s broadcasting monopoly in the 1960s.
Radio Caroline, many of whose DJs went on to set up Radio 1, broadcast from a ship off the Essex coast.
Now the S4C talk show Cadw Cwmni gyda John Hardy is set to reveal how some Welsh nationalist campaigners broadcast illegal political broadcasts under the banner Radio Ceiliog (Radio Cockerel).
In the programme, broadcaster John Hardy interviews Philip Lloyd, one of the activists who campaigned for a party political broadcast allocation for Plaid Cymru [the Welsh nationalist party].
In the 1950s Plaid Cymru started a campaign for an allocation of political broadcasts. Conducting pirate broadcasts was not official party policy, but some party activists turned to breaking the law in a bid to secure Plaid Cymru broadcast time.
Full story: http://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/wales-news/how-group-welsh-nationalists-became-6527184
(Mike Terry, BDXC-UK Yahoo group)
The programme was on last night but is available on the S4C web site:
The item about Radio Ceilog starts 11 minutes into the programme. Its all in Welsh with a few old photos at the start.
(Dave Kenny, BDXC-UK yg)
It is possible to get English subtitles. Comments on the BDXC group also seem to indicate it isn't possible to watch the programme outside the UK, while the subtitle button seems to depend on what browser you're using.
***See also the comment left on this post by the Bristol listener about Welsh pirate radio.****