Thursday, October 15, 2015

Longwave Broadcasting Retains Listeners

When Irish state broadcaster Raidió Teilifís Éireann announced the closure of its longwave Radio 1 service to Britain — longwave being an analog, interference-plagued broadcast band in the 148.5–253 kHz range, below AM/medium wave — the last thing RTÉ expected was a firestorm of protest. After all, Radio 1 would still be available to British listeners on the Web and via the Freesat satellite TV service; even after RTÉ turned off its longwave transmitter on Jan. 1.

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