Chair of the Oireachtas Communications Committee, Hildegarde Naughton, has welcomed RTE’s decision to undertake significant remedial works on transmission equipment and the guarantee that the longwave 252 service will continue for at least the next two years.
Deputy Naughton said: “The maintenance of long-wave radio for the Irish diaspora is a significant concern to the Committee.” Read the full story here.
A wide section of the Irish community listens to RTE Radio 1 on longwave in Britain – people of all ages listen in their cars, sports fans hear GAA matches, and for many older emigrants, it is a treasured link with home. There are no adequate alternatives for many people: RTE advises listening online or via satellite, but these are not accessible to everyone. Listeners in Britain (and Northern Ireland) will not be able to use DAB, which RTE is also pushing as an alternative, as that signal is only available in urban parts of Ireland.
By James Martin, The Irish Post. on October 22, 2014
RTÉ Radio chiefs have met with the Irish in Britain organisation to discuss the impact the loss of its longwave service will have on the community.