Today marks the 150th anniversary of the Shipping Forecast – the world’s longest continuous weather forecast. Warning of storms in thirty-one sea areas around the British Isles in a specific & concise format, it was originally sent by telegraph & then transferred to radio. The BBC have been broadcasting it four times a day since 1924, with a short interruption during WWII.
The 0048 broadcast is undeniably the most popular. In addition to it still being a vital aid to seafarers, many Radio 4 listeners use the soothing tones of the announcers to help them fall asleep, especially as this edition is preceded by the gentle lilting sounds of Ronald Binge’s Sailing By (played to help fill any gap between the previous programme to ensure the forecast starts punctually & also to allow a recognisable signal by which people can tune in).
See our Sailing By article from Radders, where he discusses that it’s his favourite PLUC tune.