The broadcasters would appear to be manipulating the public so as to force us onto DAB and away from Longwave and FM.

The BBC upset a large audience of its listeners recently by restricting a critical part of a dramatic episode to DAB only (RADIO4 Extra) This enraged the large audience of “The Archers” and ended in a vast number of complaints to the “Feedback” programme. Feedback interviewed some of the management figures involved in the decision to restrict coverage. They gave very unsatisfactory answers. The broadcasters seem determined to act against the licence payers’ wishes. Public broadcasters such as BBC and RTE are paid from the public purse and should take into account our preferences and not force us into costly or inconvenient ways of listening. The episode of feedback of 12 JULY where this subject of the manipulation can be downloaded here:

RTE is switching off Radio 1 periodically and giving reasons such as “maintenance” and “lights replacement”. When asked they say there were “few complaints” at the suspension of service. In the UK medium wave stations are switched off for periods and the number of listener complaints used as “evidence” that the service is not required. What is surprising is that these shutdowns happen in holiday periods and other times when people have other things on their mind. Is this merely coincidental? This method of evaluation is not a good basis for decision making.

A truly independent survey would have to be funded and instructed NOT by the broadcaster but by a wholly independent body with no connection to broadcasting or the state.