I assume this is not a serious comment, the BBC would have been aware, which is why they positioned the Orfordness transmitters where they were for overseas broadcast.
Plus why would you put a transmitter off the coast of the UK to cover Birmingham? Is the rest of Europe not allowed to have services on a common natural resource? The costs they saved on putting their transmitters on tops of hills and also having to pay planning permission and remain within the law was a luxury that pirates didn't need to consider, they just need to hide from the law and not pay money for artists work, other than the odd successful station desperate to jump any queue to get a license.
I'm all for bending and getting around pointless and bureaucratic rules that are there to line the pockets of friends, but some rules and laws are made to stop anarchy from breaking out. Better planning and directional aerials would have helped and licensing commercial radio earlier instead of trying to control people through political dogma instead of using common sense would have helped.
I am a keen fan of offshore radio and pirate radio. Self regulation can be great for throwing up some great innovative programming. Plus some broadcasts created the discovery for some brilliant talent, but not everything the pirates did was great and many people were taken advantage of for the pursuit of lining pockets of some very unscrupulous people.
We do need to keep a sense of perspective sometimes.
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