When the BBC attempts to limit broadcasting of rock and roll in 1960s Britain, a renegade musician starts his own pirate radio station in international waters. Based on actual events. Also listed as The Boat That Rocked. [ Pirate Radio credits: Dir: Richard Curtis/ 117 min/ Music/Dance, Comedy/ Freedom of speech, Free press as hero, Government-enforced morality]
This film is loosely-based on the story of musician Ronan O’Rahilly, who in 1964 founded the illegal private radio station Radio Caroline in response to the BBC’s use of monopoly control of the radio airwaves to limit broadcasting of popular music.
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“Ronan O’Rahilly, who has died aged 79, was an Irish entrepreneur who unleashed a revolution in UK broadcasting by launching Radio Caroline, the first British pirate radio station, in 1964. The 24-year-old O’Rahilly found his radio station being damned by the British establishment and saluted by teenagers and rock musicians. A libertarian, O’Rahilly would remain a controversial figure.”