Media wars: Radio propaganda past and present, Part 4 – Let governments stick to governing

This programme is part of the series Media Wars: Radio Propaganda Past and Present
Russian Duga-3 radar antenna system built in Ukraine in 1970’s (© Flickr/Bert Kaufmann)

This edition of Media Wars looks at how governments often make a mess of the message they are trying to put across. We started with Radio South Atlantic, which was run by the British Ministry of Defence. Gerard Mansell talks about British clandestine radio during the Suez Crisis. It was the Voice of Britain (Sharq-el-Adna) and came from the mediumwave transmitter near Limassol in Cyprus. We also looked at the mystery surrounding the Radio Euskadi transmitter tower and how the Voice of the Basque Underground faked the picture on their QSL card. You can also hear some rare recordings of the anti-Russian station NTS which operated from Bavaria in Germany. While Portugal was under a dictatorship, there were no less than two clandestine stations broadcasting to the country, one from Algeria. There are also examples of black propaganda beamed into China and originating from Soviet Union.

Producer: Jonathan Marks

Broadcast: July 1982

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