45 years ago to-day the illegal Wilson régime proscribed the best wireless stations in the land (well, actually just off the land) and renamed the B.B.C.’s stations in line with the Labour Party’s aspirations : to remodel the United Kingdom along East-German lines.
O, for the days when Jack de Manio presented Today on the Home, the test match was on the Third and The Navy Lark on the Light !
The British government’s obsession with the regulation of broadcasting is so intense that it’s really quite surprising that the country has cellular wireless (mobile telephones) at all.
Parenthetically : The licence fee is a thoroughly inefficient way to fund the B.B.C. (and now a few other stations) ; it were much better simply to fund public broadcasting out of general taxation, thereby eliminating the cost of the fee’s collection. The only reason for the licence fee is to ‘justify’ the state’s spying on the citizenry. You might think the centre of espionage is G.C.H.Q. ; in reality it’s Ravensbourne.