A new illegal radio station has commenced broadcasting from the North Sea, targeting a new generation of iPod-owning radio listeners. The station, which is transmitting a signal of non-stop pop music from the former British naval platform Sealand, is now live on 900 am and identifying itself as UK900.
It was though in January that the file-sharing website from Sweden The Pirate Bay was [link=http://www.buysealand.com]planning to buy[/link] the 550 square metre area, officially known as a micro-nation. But now a radio signal is emitting from the Principality of Sealand, and is thought to be operating via a single computer with a large music database on 'shuffle' mode. It is not known if The Pirate Bay managed to secure the micro-nation, but if it did, this could be the first steps to providing free music to Europe.
And because it is an independent land, it is not confined to the UK broadcast laws.
Sealand is a steel platform perched on two concrete towers located 11km off the coast of Harwich, eastern England. It began life in 1941 as Roughs Tower during World War 2.
UPDATE: 11:59am – Many thanks for your reception reports this morning, we've had dozens of reports about a clear signal all the way from the the west coast of Scotland to the Isle of Wight, and even the Middle East! We are not quite sure what you are picking up though, because this, is just another one of those April 1st wind-ups!
Happy April Fools Day!
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