Southern interference 

21 August 2023


TV voice from ‘outer space’ starts a panic


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From the Birmingham Sunday Mercury for 27 November 1977

HUNDREDS of worried viewers flooded Southern Television with calls last night after a “voice from outer space” interrupted a routine news programme for more than six minutes.

Viewers heard a slow, deep “Dr. Who”-type voice proclaim “All your weapons of evil must be destroyed. You have only a short time to learn to live together in peace”.

Police in Winchester, who received more than fifty 999 calls about the pirate transmission, launched an immediate investigation with TV engineers and the Post Office

The hoaxer, who said his message was from the “Intergalactic Association” was heard in all parts of Hampshire and as far north as Berkshire and Oxfordshire.

Housewife Mrs. Janet Stewart, of Basingstoke, said: “We heard a man’s voice announce ‘This is the Voice of Asteron.’

“My little girl, Donna, was frightened and started screaming. It went on right through the news, the advertisements and the start of the cartoons.

“I’m not easily frightened. but at the end I was shaking like a leaf.”

About 15 minutes later the station apologised for interference to sound.



Engineers solve mystery TV interference


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From the Reading Evening Post for 30 November 1977

TELEVISION engineers believe they have discovered how an “intergalactic” prankster beamed into a TV news bulletin at the weekend, scaring thousands of Thames Valley viewers. The mystery hoaxer, who gave his name as Gillon, somehow managed to override the news broadcast on Southern Television at teatime on Saturday, by putting out his own message through the TV transmitter at Hannington, near Newbury.

The eerie voice from “outer space” warned that “earth people” must live together peacefully or suffer severe consequences. Switchboards at police stations throughout the Thames Valley and at Southern TV headquarters in Southampton were jammed by worried viewers, trying to find out what was going on.

Immediately TV chiefs launched an investigation and yesterday a Southern Television spokesman said engineers believe they know how the mystery message was broadcast


The spokesman said: “We have a fair idea of how it happened, but obviously we are not going to release details, for this might inspire another hoax. But we are taking steps to ensure it will not happen again and viewers not frightened.”

The broadcast lasted about three minutes and went out on the air at 5.08pm. If the hoaxer is caught he faces a £200 fine under the Wireless and Telegraphy Act.

The spokesman added that the hoaxer would have had to have had some knowledge of telecommunications.

Police are also investigating. A spokesman at Whitchurch Police Station said: “We went up to the transmitter on Saturday as soon as we heard about the broadcast, but no one was there.”


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This is the voice of Vrillon, a representative of the Ashtar Galactic Command, speaking to you. For many years you have seen us as lights in the skies. We speak to you now in peace and wisdom as we have done to your brothers and sisters all over this, your planet Earth. We come to warn you of the destiny of your race and your world so that you may communicate to your fellow beings the course you must take to avoid the disaster which threatens your world, and the beings on our worlds around you.

This is in order that you may share in the great awakening, as the planet passes into the New Age of Aquarius. The New Age can be a time of great peace and evolution for your race, but only if your rulers are made aware of the evil forces that can overshadow their judgments.

Be still now and listen, for your chance may not come again. All your weapons of evil must be removed. The time for conflict is now past and the race of which you are a part may proceed to the higher stages of its evolution if you show yourselves worthy to do this. You have but a short time to learn to live together in peace and goodwill. Small groups all over the planet are learning this, and exist to pass on the light of the dawning New Age to you all.

You are free to accept or reject their teachings, but only those who learn to live in peace will pass to the higher realms of spiritual evolution. Hear now the voice of Vrillon, a representative of the Ashtar Galactic Command, speaking to you. Be aware also that there are many false prophets and guides operating in your world. They will suck your energy from you – the energy you call money and will put it to evil ends and give you worthless dross in return.

Your inner divine self will protect you from this. You must learn to be sensitive to the voice within that can tell you what is truth, and what is confusion, chaos and untruth. Learn to listen to the voice of truth which is within you and you will lead yourselves onto the path of evolution. This is our message to our dear friends. We have watched you growing for many years as you too have watched our lights in your skies.

You know now that we are here, and that there are more beings on and around your Earth than your scientists admit. We are deeply concerned about you and your path towards the light and will do all we can to help you. Have no fear, seek only to know yourselves, and live in harmony with the ways of your planet Earth.

We of the Ashtar Galactic Command thank you for your attention. We are now leaving the plane of your existence. May you be blessed by the supreme love and truth of the cosmos.


Transcript by David Barnett in The Independent for Wednesday 22 November 2017


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