BBC Gauges Reaction to AM Service Shutdown

August 20, 2012

London - Aug 19, 2012 - According to an article in Radio Today, BBC Radio Kent, BBC Radio Lincolnshire, BBC Radio Merseyside and BBC Radio Nottingham have all stopped broadcasting regular programs on medium wave, and are instead directing listeners to FM or DAB. It's part of a five-week trial to make savings - and to find out if listeners will miss or complain about the lack of AM services.

The BBC chose the Kent, Lincolnshire, Merseyside and Nottingham areas because they have different levels of MW coverage and this will allow them to test the affect of the loss of MW service in both rural and city locations. The changes started on Aug. 17, 2012, and will finish on Sept. 24, 2012.

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