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Beginning of the end for BBC Radio on MW

Discussion in 'Retro Tech' started by Analoguesat, Aug 12, 2017.

  1. Analoguesat

    Analoguesat Administrator Staff Member

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    Following a number of trials over the past few years, the BBC has confirmed that from January 2018, Medium Wave transmissions of a number of BBC Local Radio stations will either cease or be reduced.

    The plans will result in BBC Radio Sussex, Surrey, Humberside, Wiltshire, Nottingham, Kent, and Lincolnshire no longer being broadcast on Medium Wave and reduced MW coverage for BBC Devon, Lancashire and Essex.

    Full story here:

    BBC starts Medium Wave switch-off - a516digital
     
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  2. Channel Hopper

    Channel Hopper Suffering fools just so you don't have to Staff Member

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    The reduction of Medium Wave services was first considered as part of the BBC's 2011 "Delivering Quality First" programme.

    If that really was the case the BBC there would be no migration to DAB and would be going straight to DVB-T2 /lite .
     
  3. Adam792

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    I'm not sure why 738 for BBC H&W is staying for now. There's nowhere of any size in Worcestershire that can't get 104.0, 104.4 or 104.6 at least fairly well. 1584 covers parts of Northern Herefordshire where 94.7 is flaky though so I get that one staying.

    I know 738 carries cricket sometimes but they could put that on DAB. They could even have it as a part time secondary service on digital - there's plenty of room on the Hereford & Worcester multiplex for it. They could use the money they'd save from turning 738MW off.
     

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