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GERONIMO ALLEGE JAMMING (11 July 1970)

Radio Geronimo has complained to the BBC about alleged jamming of Geronimo's programmes from Radio Four transmitting station in Folkestone.
The transmitting station, Geronimo claims, produces a continuous tone on 206 metres medium wave, when Radio 4 closes down each night. Geronimo is one metre away, at 205 metres MW.
Commented a BBC spokesman: "The BBC doesn't jam other stations. Radio 4 is a perfectly legal station and for Geronimo to intercept any signals, it must be because they've set their transmissions too close to us."
The Geronimo complaint has been sent to the Head of BBC Broadcasting and to Christopher Chataway, the Minister of Posts and Telecommunications.
Meanwhile, a new pop station takes to the air in September from the transmitters of Radio Andorra, the station first used by Radio Geronimo. The new project will use the 250 kilowatt station in the Pyrenees to broadcast an hour long British pop programme every night from 1am........

How the BBC was 'jammed' (24 July 1970)

THE BBC, which is not unfamiliar with the art of jamming, was 'jammed' itself yesterday. And the mechanics of the operation couldn't have been simpler. A group of young people arrived at Broadcasting House with a pile of plastic bags filled with jam bought from a nearby store - and hurled them at the building. The thick and sticky mixture of strawberry, apricot, blackcurrant and greengage jam spread over the doors, the windows, the walls, and the pavement. One of London's tastier demos, it was carried out by a group protesting that for six weeks the BBC has been jamming the late night pop station, Radio Geronimo.

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Pictures by Michael Brennan. Demonstrators outside the closed doors of Broadcasting House. A youth is led away by police.

THE DAY THEY 'JAMMED' THE BBC by ROBERT HART  (24 July 1970)

THE BBC was 'jammed' yesterday - by a small group of demonstrators. They left jam on the walls, the doors, and on the pavement outside.
They said they were retaliating because for the last six weeks the BBC had been jamming - in more traditional style - Radio Geronimo, a pop radio station based in Monte Carlo.
In fact the BBC deny having anything to do with jamming the British-based station which has been broadcasting late-night programmes quite legally for three months.
Smeared
Supporters of Radio Geronimo turned up outside Broadcasting House armed with 30lb of jam which had been poured into plastic bags. They bombarded the buildings and smeared the jam over doors and windows.
Hugh Nolan, a 26 year old disc-jockey with Radio Geronimo, said: "The BBC deny the jamming is going on. We know it is."
Two men were arrested later.

Radio men threw jam at BBC

TWO programme directors of a radio station, who threw bags full of jam at the BBC headquarters, Broadcasting House, were fined yesterday.
Mr. Edward Robey, magistrate at Marlborough Street Court, London, told them: "You ought to know better."
When arrested one of the men, who both work for Radio Geronimo, said: "The BBC jam us, so we jammed them."
Barry Everitt, 22, of Tennyson Road, Mill Hill, and Hugh Nolan, 26, of Denning Road, Hampstead, were each fined 25 and bound over for insulting behaviour.


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