BBC Radio Bristol Shutting Down its MW Station

Has pointed out that the switch-off is necessary because the landlord of the Mangotsfield transmitter site is handing over the land to developers February 9, 2016

LONDON—BBC Radio Bristol has confirmed it will be shutting down its Medium Wave transmitter, on 1548 kHz, in mid-February.

The BBC has pointed out that the switch-off is necessary because the landlord of the Mangotsfield transmitter site is handing over the land to developers, a decision that is out of the BBC's control. The move had been expected for some while, with planning permission having been granted by the local council for redevelopment, according to a516digital.com.

BBC Radio Bristol is inviting listeners via social media to spread the word about the changes, which will mean affected listeners will need to tune in to the station via FM, DAB, online or via Freeview after Feb. 19.

Four new DAB transmitters have been put on-air to improve digital radio coverage in the area, including a transmitter at Backwell and one at King's Weston. BBC Radio Bristol is already available on 94.9 and 104.6 FM, Freeview channel 719, and online. These outlets remain unaffected by the MW switch-off.

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