Ireland''s RTE Pushes Radio 1 Listeners to DAB and FM

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Ireland''s RTE Pushes Radio 1 Listeners to DAB and FM

Sep 26, 2014 10:34 AM, Doug Irwin, CPBE AMD DRB

DUBLIN�Ireland''s public service broadcaster RTE will terminate the long-wave transmissions of Radio 1, heard on 252 KHz, at the end of October. The 2% of Radio 1 listeners that use the long-wave service are being encouraged to tune in to the service on DAB or FM.

The 252 KHz facility was known as Atlantic 252 in the late 1980s and 90s, according to RadioToday.

Radio 1 is available across Ireland on FM, DAB, and via the Saorview, SKY and UPC digital TV platforms. In addition it''s available by way of the RTE Radio Player and the Radio 1 and Radio Player mobile apps.

RTE''s Radio Director of Operations JP Coakley was quoted thus: �The RT� Radio 1 long-wave signal covers the island of Ireland and carries also into Britain. This technology gives further reach than FM, but at the expense of quality, and it is rare in modern radios. Nowadays, digital platforms mean that quality and reach do not have to be traded, especially for those listening overseas. The long-wave service on 252 has only been in use by Radio 1 for 10 years, and while the service was financially and technologically viable for a short time, this is no longer the case.�