The Alien Cult that Hacked British TV

A British TV station was beginning its local newscast on the night of November 25, 1977. In the broadcast studio, nothing unusual happened. But in homes, the video signal of the regular newscast was accompanied by a strange voice that did not make sense. 

    "This is the voice of Vrillon, a representative of the Ashtar Galactic Command, speaking to you."

It was now ten past five in the evening. With the news report still continuing on the screen, the deep, oscillating voice continued with his message.

    "For many years you have seen us as lights in the skies."

None of the evening staff at Southern Television were aware of the intrusion to their signal. International Broadcasting Authority engineers in Croydon, Surrey did not hear the rogue signal, nor was it detected at the main transmitter site in Southampton.

The message from “Vrillon” continued for nearly six minutes as stunned families across South-East England tried to comprehend what they were hearing. Some panicked, believing that aliens really were communicating through the television.

In all the years since that stunt, no one has come forward to take responsibility, and clues point to anyone in particular. But there were a couple of UFO cults gaining followers in the 1970s, and the word Ashtar pops up now and then in their beliefs. Read about the broadcast incident, and the cults it may have referenced, at The Kernel. Link -via Metafilter

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Independent Broadcasting Authority, the former regulatory body for commercial tv and radio in the UK, as opposed to the BBC (or "EBC" as it's know in Scotland) a public service broadcaster that is supposedly impartial (and if you believe that, have a look at this lovely bridge, yours for a knock-down price).
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