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Southern and the Alien
Although TV piracy involving a home-made transmitter does occur, these only reach a very small section of the population, running into the hundreds, possibly thousands. The most famous and best-documented TV piracy incidents involve the hijacking of existing broadcasters’ transmitters, so that many more people can be reached.
An early example occurred in the UK, at 5:12 pm on November 26, 1977, at a time when public interest in UFOs and aliens was running high. During the news, being read by Ivor Mills, a voice, accompanied by what one witness termed a 'bopping sound', interrupted the broadcast (the picture remained of the newsreader) and introduced itself as "Vrillon, representative of the Ashtar Galactic Command." The broadcast lasted five-and-a-half minutes, during which time the voice announced that "for many years you have seen us as lights in your skies… we speak to you now in peace", warned against the use of nuclear weapons and stated that humanity had "but a short time to learn to live together in peace and goodwill," before it destroyed itself.
It was apparently transmitted over the entire Southern Television ITV region using the VHF transmitters (the UK used both UHF and VHF transmitters at the time, radiating the same programmes). It is thought that the pirate transmitter was aimed at a receiver high up the VHF distribution chain, and a signal sent that overpowered the 'official' signal from the television station.
The transmission also apparently occurred at a time when the IBA's monitoring facility was being moved from one location to another, which may have resulted in the broadcast going initially unnoticed, the fact that it was in sound only, leaving the vision untouched, making it even more difficult to spot.
UFO pundits on talk-shows during the following week assured listeners that the broadcast was "almost certainly genuine", as it contained names, concepts and phrases that occurred frequently in alleged 'contactee' experiences.
There are various pages on the Internet relating to this incident – should you do more research remember to take them with a pinch of salt!
Originally posted by Gazrok
I know I've looked into this before on an older thread. I'm pretty sure that the interruption was genuine, but discovered to be of local origin. I'd have to look into it again to be sure, but leaving work now... Try a google on "ashtar broadcast BBC hoax" and see what comes up....
Originally posted by Graham
The transcript is below.
"This is the voice of Gramaha , a representative of the Ashtar Galactic Command, speaking to you .......
Voice of the Cosmic messenger – Ashtar on TV London. Sunday 26th.11.1977.
Worked out by: Pedro Romaniuk (Argentina). TV: Southern Television