The GBR Transmitter finally opened for service on 1st January 1926. Its unique wavelength and input power meant that the service had worldwide coverage, a fact hugely important to the Government as it meant it could now freely communicate with the whole of the Empire.
Free daily news from Great Britain to the whole of the Empire was not liked by everyone. In Australia the cable and beam wireless interests, who were used to charging for the transmission of news, were not happy. They even sent their complaints by telegram to The Times in London.
On one day in July 1928, in the space of 12 hours, thirty news bulletins were sent around the world from Rugby. Thanks to the GBR Transmitter, the ‘communication age’ had genuinely moved up a gear!