In the Autumn of 2014 RTE gave one month’s notice of the closure of its Radio One service on Longwave. This shocked many listeners in Ireland, Northern Ireland and even more so in the UK.
There was an outcry and members of RTE management were called to face a government committee to explain their intended action. In that committee hearing, RTE admitted that they did not know how many of the 6M UK ethnic Irish listen to LW252.
This decision to close LW252 was thus very questionable.
Subsequently due to public pressure RTE delayed closure until January 2015 and then further until 2017.
If we lose Longwave it will disadvantage individuals and groups in the Republic, and members of the Irish Diaspora living in Northern Ireland and the UK. It will also disadvantage Irish workers and holiday makers travelling in Northern Europe.
This will be especially so during times of emergency.
In removing the service RTE will also remove the possibility of using new developments in digital radio such as DRM (Digital Radio Mondiale) services. And don’t think FM radio will be safe as the plan is that eventually ALL radio broadcasting will be Digital (DAB) Radio.
Why the urgency? What are the motives?