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Commercial Neutral Broadcasting Company

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The Commercial Neutral Broadcasting Company (CNBC) was an English language pirate radio station which hired airtime for a few hours each day from the Dutch pirate Radio Veronica in 1960–1961. Programmes were pre-recorded at Veronica's Amsterdam studio together with the Dutch programmes, and broadcast from the Veronica ship Borkum Riff. The address for prospective advertisers was given as Ross Radio Productions Ltd, 23 Upper Wimpole Street, W1.[1]

CNBC has the distinction of being the first pirate station to broadcast to the United Kingdom, almost four years before Radio Caroline, although few British listeners ever heard it as its signal originated from the Dutch side of the North Sea and did not penetrate very far inland. After only a few months Veronica terminated its contract because the advertising revenue from Dutch programming was more lucrative.[2][3]

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  1. ^ "The History of Offshore Radio (LP)". Paul Harris. 1970.
  2. ^ van Heeren, Jan (5 May 2002). "Remembering CNBC Radio John Michael, Doug Stanley and the first British offshore radio station". Soundscapes Info. Retrieved 4 February 2023.
  3. ^ Leonard, Mike (1996). From International Waters 60 Years of Offshore Broadcasting. Forest Press. p. 53. ISBN 9780952768401.

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