Campaign Success to Date

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?

15 thoughts on “Campaign Success to Date

  1. I surely do hope 252 stays on the air! Momentaraly most of the well-known long-and medium wave stations have been closed and masts falling like apples in autumn. Its so wrong to depend on FM (also to be closed soon) and DAB.
    DAB works fine here in Holland but lacks the stations I want to hear, it feels like back to the old days of “radio-distribution”, the government decides what one may listen to. I want to decide myself what to hear and not with fancy digital but just with any radio. Years ago I started listening to Atlantic252, and even made a serious effort to start its equal in Holland on 171. My dial is still on 252 in the morning driving to work until 7.00 am (8.00 am Dutch time) for the right choise of music, in the afternoons I switch to 198 for the Archers! So, please, keep long wave alive!

  2. I twice phoned the number given out by 252,last on the 5th of October and was hoping by this stage to have had a reply as they said they would reply within two to three days.As requested I gave my name and address and spelt it out .Does RTE or the government care that Irish people live in other parts of the UK apart from England.In 2014 when there was talk of discontinuing 252 I wrote letters to several TDs of different parties and to two RTE presenters,and the only person who had the courtesy to reply to me was Lucinda Creighton TD,now the leader of Renua.Politicians and RTE make a great play of the diaspara when it suits and on big ocasions such as the visit of the President Michael D Higgins to London.A lot of older people do not uise the Internet,or have smart phones and digital radios,they like to use the radio they are used to.Personally I like to bring my radio around with me from room to room and out into the garden,and I have been known to take the radio along with me on long walks without earphones.If 252 goes off the air I would miss listening to all the GAA ,Rugby and Football,and especially one of the best programs Ronan Collins.Is it to save money that the government wants to shut down 252 or is there an ulterior motive ?Mr Deenahan TD from Kerry is the Minister for the diaspara,but how much does he care about the ? Personally I think it is all lip service to keep us quiet in thehope that we will all fade away.Would it be too much to ask for an acknowledgement of my concerns.It is a bit ironic that the 252 transmitter is in my home county,the Royal County of Meath.

  3. I live in Dublin but when I’m abroad I have from time to time listen to RTE 1 on line. I also bring a small transistor radio for when there’s poor WiFi.
    I like to stay up to date with the Irish news and programmes on offer.
    Although it would not be the end of the world if LW252 where to go, its good to know it is there any time I need it.
    My needs for it are small, but I am sure a lot more listeners depend on it, especially those living abroad.

  4. I live in the U.K and always listen to RTE Radio 1 when I am driving in the car. It would be a sad loss if RTE Radio 1 was removed from the airways.

  5. I lived in Eindhoven 1991 to 2008 and I depended on LW 252 kHz for home news. It is a necessity for Irish people living abroad and does not need to be on line or needing smart phones!

  6. Please do not shut down RTE longwave
    It is an invaluable & unique link to Ireland for those of us living in Britain – many of us forced to emigrate in past decades & digital platforms are not always available for a variety of reasons
    We have a daughter & grandchildren in Ireland – we listen on a portable radio
    Please do not cut us off & alienate us from our family

  7. The Belfast Telegraph had a news item with statements from Minister Jimmy Deehinan on July 6 (gone from site two days later ) . I would like to add that the RTE hopes of being carried on DAB radio in Britain seem to be gone as the consortium they had been in contact with have failed to get the franchise. For the time being the longwave reception of RTE is being marred by improvemnts to the Algerian transmitter so that interference is widespread here in Munster coastal areas and even inland , and I am sure in the south of Wales and England. The only solution is for RTE to move to a clear channel (such as 261 kHz ) a.s.a.p. The long wave signal is much more rugged a VHF digital system (ie DAB ) and would be more secure being direct from transmitter to radio receiver , without all the links as in a digital system. The powers that be in RTE consider Long Wave to be archaic and obsolete and a paltry £200 000 a waste of money whilst wasting vast sums in other area !
    Des Walsh

  8. I am a British listener who discovered RTE1 a few years ago, and was thrilled to discover a broadcaster who put the BBC, whose quality I had been increasingly dissatisfied with, into second place. I find the programme design, the presenters, the scope of coverage, the proportions allotted to news stories and cultural affairs and the overall editorial policy admirable. I learn a great deal about the world and about Ireland that I can’t find anywhere else. I find it difficult to believe that the majority of your grateful British listeners are going to spend as much time listening to radio via a television set as they are when they listen on portable and/or plugin sets which mean that the stations can be readily accessed in any room at any time. Please don’t do yourselves and your listeners a great disservice by giving by longwave. Yours gratefully and hopefully, Ann

  9. Sense at last..
    whatever the economics thereof…
    RTE 252 has always been treasured by a silent immigrant diaspora here in the UK
    Having struggled for decades from the days of ‘Din Jo’, Ceolta Tire, yes, prior even to Ciaran McMahuna with poor and fading reception, for ‘the match’ and ‘the music’depending on which part of this island one was in; having enjoyed in recent years some improved if not perfect reception, it was with exasperation that recently large numbers of us heard of the intention to discontinue.
    Not everyone has a computer or is tech ‘savvy’, particularly the elderly who most deserve our consideration and who paved the way in a more rigorous era for the comforts afforded this present generation.
    Excercise some compassion and sensitivity towards this most deserving and still ‘away from home’ section of our extended ‘community / country’.’Radix Malorum Cupiditas’

  10. I was gutted to hear they were taking Rte Radio 1 off long wave, and so thrilled to know it’s not happening now.
    My husband and I are both Irish, we lived in Bristol for 24 years. We still listen to RTE Radio 1 every morning, I listen to Sean ORourke, and at teatime I’m listening to Mary Wilson. At weekends, all Saturday and Sunday morning programmes are vital fare for the two of us. There’s no commentary like the RTE sports commentary when the All-IreLand championships are on, AND the Six á Nations Rugby. We’re very much a radio house. We have family in Ireland, and keeping abreast of all that’s happening helps maintain our links with them – we know what they’re going through. And hearing Irish voices is like balm at certain times.
    Please please RTE, don’t stop the long wave service. It would ruin our lives!

  11. Losing longwave Rte would sever a vital lifeline to those of us living in the UK, many of us planning to return and desperate to keep current affairs fresh in our minds. I represent, not the section of aged Irish, listening at home – but a young mam, a full time worker who will have no alternative to Rte news in her car during a busy day.

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  13. Pleased to hear of the postponement to the closure of the Long Wave transmission. We are avid listeners to RTE and have no other way of receiving your programmes. We average 4 hours a day listening to it. We also know of many friends who will be relieved with your decision. Best regards, Norman.

  14. Dear Sir,
    I am contacting you in regards your decision to possible close down RTE LW.
    This station is the only way I have of keeping up to date with all the home news.
    If you go off-air the only way I will have of keeping up to date will be by
    newspapers, and as you know they are not as informative as your station.
    Please reconsider your plans as I and many exiles rely on your station to keep us up to date with all the home news.

    Yours in hope.
    T B J Kieran

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