Rugby mast site to feature on BBC documentary

Malcolm Hancock in front of the 'C Station' building
Malcolm Hancock in front of the 'C Station' building

Rugby’s historic former radio station site is due to be featured in a TV documentary next month.

Rugby Radio Station played a key role in maritime communications in the 1920s. An intriguing glimpse into its history will be revealed during an episode of the BBC Coast programme, due to be aired on August 5 at 9pm on BBC Two.

Retired BT station manager and local historian, Malcolm Hancock, who was interviewed for the programme, explained how communications were possible at such distances and depths.

He started working there in 1964, and was station manager from 1984 until 2002.

Malcolm said: “The station played a vital role all sorts of maritime communications, especially in the first half of the last century – ships and submarines.

“It was from Rugby that the first telegrams were sent to ships around the world in 1926. Soon afterwards came telephone calls to transatlantic liners, and later long range telephone calls, telex and morse code to ships worldwide, which were made via Rugby right up until 2000.”

Thousands of homes are planned to be built on the site in the next few years.