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Pirate Radio Platform Transformed into Restaurant

Over the years pirate radio stations have gone to significant lengths to ensure that their bootlegged sounds were heard by a loyal land-based audience. REM Island was a good example. Built in Cork during the early 1960s, the platform was towed across the North Sea and anchored in cement six miles off Noordwijk. From there, safely outside Dutch territorial waters, REM Island began to pirate broadcast Radio and TV Noordzee. Short for Reclame Exploitatie Maatschappij, or Advertising Exploitation Company, REM’s name was the perfectly framed mission statement. Broadcasting on 1400 kHz for radio and Channel E11 for TV, Radio and TV Noordzee maintained an office suite on land but did its broadcasting from the North Sea platform. Until 1964, that is, when the beleaguered government changed the rules, passing the aptly named REM Law which split the North Sea into different areas. Literally overnight, REM Island found itself anchored in the Netherlands’ sovereign territory and broadcasting came to an end when commandos stormed the platform on December 17th. Unlike Radio Veronica, which operated from a ship, there was no escape for REM Island and the platform was ultimately dismantled. But the story didn’t end there. Radio and TV Noordzee began broadcasting legally the following year, and the platform was repurposed by the government to measure sea temperature and salt concentration. After a failed attempt to sell REM Island in 2004, the platform was moored in Amsterdam harbour and converted into a restaurant. More pics via Urban Ghosts.

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