Thursday, October 13, 2016

RTE set to close longwave 252 service in 2017

The Irish Post - the newspaper for the Irish in Britain - reports:

"RTÉ Radio will proceed with plans to axe its longwave 252 service next year, it has been confirmed.

A spokesperson for the national broadcaster confirmed the closure will take place in 2017 but that it would “explore possible ways forward” to maintain links with the Irish community across Britain, many of whom rely on the service.

Today’s announcement comes despite efforts by the Irish community to stop, or at least further delay, the closure."

Full story at:

(Source:Alan Pennington, BDXC-UK Yahoo group)

I noticed in the newsagents today that the Irish Post had also made it their front page story. So that looks like the end for another long wave station. Of course, many will remember the years 252 kHz broadcast Atlantic 252 which put in a great signal across Britain.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

It will be a loss. I was talking only yesterday to a friend of mine, involved in community radio, who was switched on to broadcasting as a youngster in the 1990's by Atlantic 252..... as for the RTE 252 relay of RTE Radio 1, it's funny in that the Irish World newspaper (the other paper that serves the Irish expat community in the UK) reported last week that RTE had given the LW transmissions a stay of execution.