When 'Radio Caroline' announced its arrival in 1964, it used a public relations firm called Leslie Perrin Associates Ltd. When 'Radio Atlanta' announced its arrival in 1964, it also used a public relations firm called Eric White Associates. Each PR firm spoke to the press on behalf of what appeared to be two different commercial operations.
But what of the two companies that controlled the two radio stations?
Well, 'Radio Atlanta' was represented by a British registered company called Project Atlanta Limited, and it had an illustrious board of directors. That company also sold airtime on 'Radio Atlanta'.
But 'Radio Caroline' was not registered to any company within the United Kingdom. The British press reported that a company registered in late February 1964 called Planet Productions Limited sold the airtime, but it was not a British company, and the UK Board of Trade in 1965 still could find no trace of any operation called 'Caroline Sales Ltd' which supposedly was the company running 'Radio Caroline'.
When the press were told that 'Radio Atlanta' and 'Radio Caroline' had 'merged', it was with this piece of paper:
Unlike the original announcements by Perrin and White, this announcement was not made in the name of any limited company, and neither does this document have any form of address, or even a date. What it does have is a glaring error which refers to a ship called m.v. "Atlanta", which did not exist!
We also know that at about the time of this announcement, Eric White Associates which opened a London office in 1959, packed its bags and returned to its base in Australia. Eric White Associates was a real company that was mired in intelligence work and skullduggery on behalf of various governments. It also had ties to the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency and the murky world of international finance and the Vietnam War. All of this would be exposed in the years that followed.
Leslie Perrin Associates on the other hand, was a genuine British company with long ties to the British music industry. But that public relations firm also disappeared from mentions that it was continuing to represent 'Radio Caroline'. One of its associate members did crop up later in connection with the address used by Project Atlanta Limited, and that person claimed to represent a new company selling merchandise for the 'Radio Caroline' brand. This is where the name of Ian Ross also crops up.
But what about the supposed co-joined venture now operating 'Radio Caroline South', and 'Radio Caroline North'? The U.K. Board of Trade investigators reported back to Her Majesty's government that the entire operation now based at 6 Chesterfield Gardens had no legal owner registered in the United Kingdom.