Radio Caroline ready to rock with Scottish cable company

Legendary offshore station Radio Caroline has chosen to take to the airwaves with an Ayrshire cable company. It’s the first time Radio Caroline has been broadcast by an independent cable company, giving Smallworld Cable customers unrestricted access to the music and voices that revolutionised British radio. Radio Caroline shook the broadcasting establishment in Britain in the mid-60s by broadcasting its own mix of album-based rock and pop music from a ‘pirate’ ship moored just outside British legal jurisdiction in the North Sea. Its story is widely acknowledged to have inspired recently Richard Curtis-direct comedy movie The Boat That Rocked, which stars Philip Seymour Hoffman, Rhys Ifans, Nick Frost and Kenneth Branagh. Smallworld Cable managing director David Durnford said:” The link-up with Radio Caroline is a fantastic fit for us. We’re both independent operators who take pride in our individual approach to customers. We hope we can help Radio Caroline reach a new audience.” Radio Caroline was shipwrecked off the Kent coast in 1991, when the Mi Amigo was grounded during a storm. After that a new ship, the Ross Revenge, was fitted out. Caroline has continued on the airwaves in recent years while the ship is being overhauled at Tilbury Docks in Essex. Radio Caroline controller Peter Moore said:” It’s a breath of fresh air for us to link up with an independent cable company like this. We are the boat that still rocks and we’re delighted that Smallworld Cable is with us for the ride.”

Watch the film trailer for The Boat That Rocked here.