Most probably and to be nearer to their target audience. It was like a red rag to a bull in my opinion. When they sailed back over there's a letter from the MPT in Offshore Echo's saying that their UK service area was much the same as it had been before.
Pirate Radio News December 2 1969 has Meister and Bollier saying the programmes would be mainly in German, also French and English. There would be no Dutch programmes. DJ's from England, France and Austria due to German anti-pirate legislation. If the Dutch government took any action they'd move to the Mediterranean. They quote a position for the anchorage 20 miles west of the Hague, 25 miles North of the Hook of Holland. The antenna was said by some to be too high for bad weather conditions, they said in bad weather they'd anchor elsewhere.
On December 29 1969 PRN reported: The owners of Radio Veronica are not afraid of competition from the new Swiss pirate Radio Nordsee as there will be no Dutch programmes.
When they sailed back over Verweij said he was not worried as he had been told the ship was going to be sold. As that never happened he gave a further loan when Meister and Bollier approached him and got the ship as collateral.
"With a popular second Dutch off-shore station on air, Verweij got very nervous and made some bad choices ending with the bomb attack on the Mebo. This ment Verweij himself triggered the MOA ratification that way in stead of preventing it."
I don't agree, that goes further back in my view and it was RNI who changed the Dutch Government's attitude as Verweij had forecast.
PRN March 1969 Minister Klompe in charge of new Broadcasting Law says they will not yet take any action against Radio Veronica.
PRN September 1970 In March the Govt talked about ratifying the Strasbourg Treaty resulting in several actions in the Netherlands being taken to keep or legalise Veronica, petitions circulating to be sent to the Government etc.
The reason for this is that pressure had been put on the Dutch Government at the regular meetings of Western European posts and telecommunications officials due to RNI opening up, particularly as it was on a frequency in the marine band causing the ITU to receive complaints of interference from many countries.
On September 24, the day RNI went off the air, the Dutch Society of recognised advertising agencies objected to the steps proposed by the Government against Radio Veronica. The Alliance of Advertisers also sent a similar telegram.
PRN quote: The question of the Pirate Radio stations will not cause a crisis in the Cabinet declared Prime Minister De Jong at the close of the cabinet council. The cabinet does not see any direct reason to act against Radio Veronica and other pirate radio stations. The problem has become a lot less urgent after the disappearance of Radio Northsea.
And then Meister and Bollier tricked the Veronica captain off the Mebo 2, which Veronica now owned, stood with pistols when Verwey and others sailed out to try and retake her, which led to a chain of events ending with the divers attempted towing in, which Verwey wanted, causing explosions and a potentially dangerous situation on the Mebo 2.
Unlike the Calvert incident that did not cause all the political parties to decide that action had to be taken against the pirates with immediate legislation being introduced, when it had been stated that there would not be any for at least a year.
There had just been an election in the Netherlands and there was a government which only lasted just over a year. It was the November 1972 election which had the Labour Party as the largest one in the coalition which took action, even then it took until August 1974 until it became law.
PRN August 1971: Till now the Government does not talk about Veronica and Noordzee. During the difficulties with the economic and financial in Holland there is no chance that a law will be taken.
All the Pirate Radio News issues, published in English, Hans Knot became editor in 1972 IIRC, which includes lots of detailed information not in the UK free radio magazines can be downloaded from Azanorak.
"I've always thought that in July 1967 an obvious step for the Laissez Faire was to sail to the Dutch coast and continue broadcasting Radio 227 and (a more pan-European version of) Radio 355. Could there have been 'persuasion' from Veronica not to do so?"
The Dutch DJ's were told the station was closing by a letter from Ted Allbeury's Carstead Advertising. Note the sentences about Dutch legislation, scan by Hans Knot.
The investors were in Texas, there were a lot of financial issues around the whole set-up, interlocking companies as with most offshore radio stations.
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