Thu, 23 December 2010
I picked this recording out of the archives because it has a nice capsule summary of the major media stories from 1982. The highlight was, of course, the Falklands-Malvinas "conflict". This programme contains clips from the FIBS, RAE Argentina and the BBC's Calling the Falklands Programme. We also looked in some detail at the shortlived Radio South Atlantic which broadcast in May and June 1982 from a requisitioned BBC transmitter on Ascension Island. We asked the British Ministry of Defence to explain how the station was operated. We also analysed a transmission broadcast on May 20th 1982 (the second night of transmission).
But it was also the last programme in which Wim van Amstel appeared as RNW Frequency Manager. It was certainly not the last time he was heard on the programme, though. Again it is striking to hear some of the predictions - and how they were spot on. The call with Arthur Cushen in New Zealand is rather like making contact with the moon. Cannot believe how fast time has flown.
At the time of publishing this podcast, I was also sad to hear of the passing of BBC correspondent and broadcaster Brian Hanrahan, who famous line when broadcasting under censorship from the Falklands Fleet was brilliant. Unable to reveal how many British aircraft had been involved in the conflict, he reported that after one sortie he "counted them all out and I counted them all back."
'Miss Liberty' was Silvia Fernandez Barrio, an Argentinian newscaster from the government station Canal 13, and their programme '60 Minutos'. Her programmes were as amateurish and ridiculous to the intended target audience as ours obviously were to the Argentinian troops. For a start, everything was London-centric, which would be liable to annoy the Scots, Welsh, northern English etc! It's funny how Wim talks of the congestion on the short waves... here we are 32 years later, and all I can hear on them are Radio China and Romania! And huge gaps in between :(