According to Alan Bednall, there was a "top secret" and "new corporate entity" behind the creation of Radio Caroline in 1964, but unfortunately, Nicholas Stanley did not take down the name of that "new corporate entity'!
Caveat: today is 4/10/2020, or April 10, 2020 or 10/4/2020, depending whether you are writing in American English or British English, and that is where what some would deem to be tedious "hair-splitting" of this very complex matter, comes into play.
If it is repetitious and infinitely precise to you, keep in mind that what I am writing is an account where foundations for evidence must be laid down, so that there are no leaps of information that raise more questions than they provide answers.
But if the actual recorded words of what Alan Bednall is alleged to have used in his home in Barton, while talking to Nicholas Stanley are not closely examined under a 'media-microscope', then key and complex matters are totally passed over. They are not observed and therefore they are not seen to be examined and if not examined they are not understood.
This in essence is the key to solving the Radio Caroline mystery about its point of origination.
Because it is now obvious that for whatever his reason, the interview notes that Nicholas Stanley wrote down, but according to Alan Bednall's daughter were never shown to Alan Bednall, then we really don't know whether the notes that Nicholas Stanley took down represent what Alan Bednall told Nicholas Stanley, or whether they represent the abridged, redacted words of Alan Bednall.
You may well ask, "why is that important?" Well, how do we know that Alan Bednall did not name and identify the ".... company manufacturing radio equipment." That company existed, it was not 'fictitious' as it says on page 276 of 'Radio Man'.
How do we know that it existed and that it was not "fictitious" as it says on page 276? We know that this is NOT what Alan Bednall said. He never used the word "fictitious" and neither did he imply that the company did not exist. He may well have mentioned its name to Nicholas Stanley, but Nicholas Stanley did not write it down!
Furthermore, we know from Alan Bednall's daughter Jane that Nicholas Stanley did not let Alan Bednall see his notes. We also know that Alan Bednall was a designer under contract to Pye. He was NOT a lawyer. Alan Bednall was NOT in the business of creating and registering new companies.
Again, you may well ask: "Why does that matter?" It matters because it is the key to unlocking this mystery about who created Radio Caroline, and why did they create it?
John Stanley (Nicholas' father) asked Alan Bednall ".... to create from scratch an entire new corporate entity ...."
My focus yesterday should have been on the word 'entity' which I changed to 'identity', and which I have now self-corrected, because the words 'entity' and 'identity', while being related nouns, have slightly different definitions:
ENTITY is "a thing with distinct and independent existence."
IDENTITY is "the fact of being who or what a person or thing is."
The difference in this particular context of the Nicholas Stanley interview, is that the ".... company manufacturing radio equipment" existed as an entity, but what John Stanley asked Alan Bednall ".... to create from scratch ...." was a new identity for the existing company.
Now back to the text I wrote yesterday ...
Whether Nicholas Stanley went to Alan Bednall's home in the village of Barton (just outside Cambridge), knowing full-well that he could never repeat in print what Alan Bednall was about to tell him, we don't know.
What we do know for a fact is that whatever document Mark Frankland was shown in order to write 'Radio Man', he cannot have seen the original interview document that Nicholas Stanley created on 25/9/97, (25 September 1997), because the two versions of the story are so different. The one that appears in the book, contradicts known facts in evidence. Those known facts involve the identity of the equipment that was installed on the mv Caroline, ex-mv Fredericia.
But more than this, if Alan Bednall did mention the name of the "new corporate entity", Nicholas Stanley did not take it down in writing, because it is not in his statement. If you refer back to the comments by Jane Bednall, Alan Bednall's daughter, it seems that Nicholas Stanley did not even show Alan Bednall what he had "taken down in writing" at his home!
The IEE book 'Radio Man' purports to be more of a biography about the life of Nicholas' grandfather Charles Orr Stanley, than it does to pretend that it is a history of the Pye Group of Companies, or even a biography of Nicholas' father John Stanley. There is a registered UK charity that is attempting to recreate a history of the Pye Group of companies with a virtual 'museum' Online. But their research is slow going, and one reason being is that it is so time consuming and expensive to recreate that history.
But there may be another reason why the virtual Pye Museum Trust (The Story of Pye: 1896 to 2020) at http://www.pyemuseum.org/pages/sitemenu/contact.php?LMCL=XhC_Xu is having their own difficulties in gathering and documenting information. It would appear that in the instance of the IEE book 'Radio Man' that it was decided by someone, that certain information should remain undocumented, or even misquoted and obfuscated.
Such is the story of Radio Caroline (1964-1967).
But why is that?
While the childish and cultist true believers who seem to worship the ground that Ronan O'Rahilly once walked upon, also deny that he has had any practical connection to what they are doing today, they do not want the real story about Radio Caroline (1964-1967) to be revealed.
We can all see why.
Paul Rusling made that clear in his 'bible', which attempts to link Radio Caroline of 1964 with a totally unrelated tiny venture that calls itself 'Radio Caroline' today. Rusling has twisted stolen information into a 'square peg' which he then hammers by repetition into a 'round hole'. That is why 'The Trio' want nothing to do with Rusling's book,
But are there more sinister interests that are still at large, who continue to demand the protection of anonymity?
'The Trio' believe that there are, and 'The Trio' also believe that they have found some of them! In fact, it does not take long to find some of them once the proper trail is identified, but it is the finding of that trail that does take time.
If we revisit the true statement by Alan Bednall and notice what he did say, and avoid what he did not say, we discover that John Stanley told Alan Bednall ".... to create from scratch an entire new corporate entity ...."
Note that Stanley does not tell Bednall to create a new company. That was not Bednall's job. He was a designer, and not a lawyer. John Stanley told Alan Bednall to create "from scratch and entire new corporate entity ..." John Stanley does not say that Bednall should incorporate a new company, but that he should give "a company manufacturing radio equipment" - "an entire new corporate entity". In less clumsy wordage it might have been better to use the substitute word "identity" instead.
But 'The Trio' have tracked down a Pye company fitting this description, and more. To put together the other clues it is necessary to follow the lives of two key engineers who worked for the British Broadcasting Corporation and then retired.
At least one of them retired in 1959, and he was the most senior of BBC engineers with an esteemed career in the UK that goes all the way back to the 1930s. Then this man went to work for Pye, and furthermore, he also went to work on offshore radio! That is a fact that is documented in a BBC publication by a former BBC colleague!
Now we know from many sources that this same engineer also worked on the early stages of VRON (Radio Veronica) when it was associated with CNBC - Commercial Neutral Broadcasting Company.
We also know that he became very involved with the former lightship that became the home of GBOK. We know that the GPO were not only following that venture, but that they raided it. However, it is where that raid took place and where that former lightship called 'Lady Dixon' ended up, that is most important, because it was at a wharf adjoining a disguised Pye company!
When the GBOK project crashed it had a valuable contract for broadcasting time that had been entered into with the agent for Herbert W. Armstrong. This agent had ties to several CIA radio stations in various parts of the world, and to the placement of religious programs such as the 'Lutheran Hour' ("Bringing Christ to the Nations"), and "The Hour of Decision" by Billy Graham who started his reincarnation with "Crusades" at the close of WWII in London!
But the GBOK project was the outgrowth of the smaller 'Voice of Slough' radio project which is where the Armstrong contract began. However, GBOK then elbowed out the smaller project and tried to get on the air under its own name. But it was poorly managed and run by a con man named Arnold Swanson who suddenly bolted from the UK, and was later arrested in Canada and charged with engaging in sex with underage girls. His heiress wife who had the money (not her husband), then divorced Swanson and he went to prison!
GBOK was finished. The 'Voice of Slough' was then briefly revived by Swanson's former partner, but it fizzled out before later reemerging as part of the operation on Shivering Sands known as 'KING Radio'.
Meanwhile Allan Crawford was not getting anywhere with his Radio Atlanta project that first came to life in 1962, but it was not until Pye, or rather John Stanley jumped in, that the remnants of GBOK were joined with Crawford's venture at 47 Dean Street, when things began to move.
Crawford's original demise took place in 1962 when his prime investor pulled out due to a panic attack resulting from an unrelated affair concerning a venture using the name 'Radio Mercur', (which was not a part of the original venture by that name.)
This is where John Stanley of Pye rode in to the rescue.
But there is a lot more to this.
Behind the financing of the Pye venture were people connected to Associated Newspapers ('Daily Mail') and a giant printing conglomerate that Jocelyn Stevens became involved with.
The Radio Caroline project began around September-October 1963, and the assassination of John F. Kennedy on November 22, 1963, helped to speed things up for Crawford. In the early part of 1964, before Planet Productions Ltd was formed during late February that year in Ireland (to sell Radio Caroline air time), the former BBC-GBOK engineer met with a Wijsmuller's representative and Harry Spencer who designed the masts for both the mv Caroline and mv Mi Amigo. The antennas themselves were designed by the second ex-BBC engineer and partner to the retired ex-BBC-GBOK engineer, and they all met at Allan Crawford's office and studio located at 47 Dean Street. Ronan O'Rahilly was also there, but Arthur Carrington, a decoy TV camera specialist, was not there.!
So now you want to know names!
Who were these ex-BBC men and where was this Pye company and what was its name and history. To learn the answers to those questions and many others, you will have to wait for the next episode tomorrow. But I guarantee that what you will learn is not in Rusling's book!