Cosmic Message From Ashtar Galactic Command Transmission and Discussion with Dennis Mears.
On Saturday 26 November 1977, ITN’s Andrew Gardner was presenting a news summary. At 17:10 UTC, the TV picture wobbled slightly, followed by a deep buzz. The audio was replaced by a distorted voice delivering a message for almost six minutes.
The hoaxer claimed to be Vrillon, a representative of the Ashtar Galactic Command (Ashtar being a name associated with extraterrestrial communication since 1952). Reports of the incident vary, some calling the speaker “Vrillon” or “Gillon”, and others “Asteron”.
The interruption ceased shortly after the statement had been delivered, transmissions returning to normal shortly before the end of a Looney Tunes cartoon. Later in the evening, Southern Television apologised for what it described as “a breakthrough in sound” for some viewers. ITN also reported on the incident in its own late-evening Saturday bulletin.
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