Two UK broadcasters electronically 'tagged'
Two UK men have the unfortunate distinction of being the first broadcasters
to be electronically 'tagged' under Britain's Wireless Telegraphy Act, 1949.
The men - one from just outside London and the other from London itself -
were allegedly found on a roof with apparatus to set up an aerial and
transmitter for their station, called Voice of Africa.
Neither admitted to an offence but both were found guilty and ordered to
serve a 28 day curfew under which they have to stay at home between the
hours of 21:30 and 06:30 am. The curfew is maintained by the use of
tell-tale electronic tags.
Each was also ordered to pay £250 costs and given a 40-hour Community
Punishment Order, and their equipment was seized.
In another case, a man from Bolton, Lancs, was also convicted of offences
under the WTA.
In December 2001, staff the Britain's Radiocommunications Agency monitored a
radio station called POWERJAM. Its owner admitted using unlicensed wireless
telegraphy gear and was given a six-month conditional discharge and ordered
to forfeit his equipment.
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