Ireland

252 LW RTE Radio 1 to be off the air for almost 2 months for mast “essential maintenance”.
Work has commenced on schedule.  So an opportunity to dx Algeria. The Tipaza Longwave transmitter broadcasts the French-speaking station Alger Chaîne 3 on the longwave frequency of 252 kHz. It is situated near Tipaza at 36°33’58” N and 2°28’50” E, and reportedly has a transmission power of 1500 kW during the day and 750 kW at night. The antenna is a 355-meter tall guyed mast, which is the second-tallest structure of Algeria.
(Per Wikipedia)
Mike Terry to Longwaveradiolistening groups.io (2021-06-18)

United Kingdom

Lyca Media II Ltd has been granted permission to change the format of its London-based local radio station Lyca Dilse Radio following an Ofcom consultation.
Two responses were received, with one in favour and another seeking clarification over the wording of the proposed target audience.
The station will now become a retro Asian music radio station with lifestyle speech, targeting over 40-year old Asians in London.
The new format means the station would have to offer less speech during the daytime than it currently does.
RadioToday
Svenn Martinsen in DX-LISTENERS’ CLUB FB group (2021-06-16)

Japan

Most Japanese commercial AM broadcasters will stop AM until 2028
According to “Spotrs Hochi News” and other media;
The representatives of Japanese 47 commercial AM radio broadcasters held the online meeting on June 14, they announced 44 of 47 broadcasters have decided to stop AM broadcasting until 2028 and change to FM. Only 3 broadcasters in Hokkaido and Akita have not decided yet.
3 AM broadcasters in Tokyo – TBS Radio (954kHz 100kW/90.5MHz 7kW), Bunka Hoso (1134kHz 100kW/91.6MHz 7kW), Nippon Hoso (1242kHz 100kW/93.0MHz 7kW) will do the last decision in 2025. 28 AM broadcasters will start the demonstration experiment to stop AM in 2023-2028.
The reasons are
1) it is financially impossible to renew the old AM transmitter equipment,
2) the simultaneous AM/FM broadcasting has been the severe burden for finance. They add the number of internet/mobile phone (using “radiko” site or App) listeners have exceeded that of radio listeners, especially in younger generation.
Takahito Akabayashi, Tokyo, Japan to WOR groups.io (2021-06-15)

Canada

Canada finally has an AM station testing digital HD on AM, rather than the usual practice of placing AM stations on a co-owned FM’s HD channel. As well as
being “first on the dial” at 530, CHLO was also the first station acquired by current owner Evanov.
530 ON Brampton CHLO June 8th marked the beginning of digital HD testing in Hybrid IBOC, making CHLO the first station in Canada to use HD on AM. There is already a report of interference on the international maritime Navtex frequency of 518.
CANADIAN RADIO NEWS –Jon Pearkins.
IRCA DX Monitor June 19, published June 14 via WOR groups.io (2021-06-15)

Ireland

RTÉ News 11 June 2021:
RTÉ will carry out essential maintenance of the Long Wave (LW) transmitter in Clarkstown, Co. Meath from 15th June 2021 for two months during which period RTÉ Radio 1 will not be available on LW 252. These works are necessary to ensure that RTÉ can continue to broadcast RTÉ Radio 1 on LW.   

This essential maintenance of the transmitter was due to be carried out in 2020 but was postponed due to Covid-19 restrictions. For the health and safety of those carrying out the works, the transmitter must be switched off for the works period, until Saturday 14th August (estimated). Furthermore, the works must be completed during the summer months when there is better light and weather conditions. 

The works will be carried out by RTÉ Transmission Network (2rn), a wholly owned subsidiary of RTÉ, responsible for the distribution and transmission of the programme services of RTÉ radio and television, as well as TG4 television, Virgin Media television and Today FM. 

During this period, listeners will continue to have a wide range of choice to access RTÉ radio services which are available at www.rte.ie/keeplistening.  
More here: https://about.rte.ie/2021/06/11/essential-maintenance-of-rte-longwave-transmitter/
Mike Terry to longwaveradiolistening groups.io (2021-06-12)

Pakistan

Rs1.9 bn allocated for 15 Information Division projects.
The government has allocated around Rs1.9 billion for 15 ongoing and new schemes of Information and Broadcasting Division under the Public Sector Development Programme (PSDP) of fiscal year 2021-22, including setting up of a digital and social media simulation lab.

As per the PSDP, an amount of Rs1457.465 million has been allocated for seven new schemes, while a sum of Rs442.218 earmarked for the eight ongoing schemes. The eight ongoing schemes including 100KW (kilowatt) medium-wave radio station at Gwadar, modernisation of camera and procurement of production equipment of Pakistan Television (PTV) Corporation, broadcast station at Barkhan, rebroadcast stations at Kharan and Ziarat (Balochistan) and Kotli (AJK), rehabilitation of medium-wave services from Muzaffarabad and replacement of medium-wave transmitter at Mirpur.

The seven new schemes included in the PSDP 2021-22 are: carrying out feasibility study for the establishment of Pakistan Media University, setting up an auditorium and passenger lift at Radio Pakistan, Multan, digital and social media simulation lab at Information Service Academy, Islamabad with Rs28.735 million, Pakistan Information Centres (phase-I), pilot project of DTMB-A (digitalisation of terrestrial network) and reconstructing of news operations by replacing existing outdated equipment with modern cutting-edge technology.
https://www.thenews.com.pk/print/848518-rs1-9-bn-allocated-for-15-information-division-projects
The International News, Islamabad (2021-06-12)

France

Mediumwave masts in Nomeny demolished.
Translated by Google:
“Mediumwave broadcasting has largely been history in France since 2016. It is therefore not surprising what happened on May 31, 2021, in Nomeny, between Nancy and Metz: the masts of the medium-wave transmitter disappeared from the landscape.
The station Nomeny has been switched off since 2014. At that time, Radio France had already separated from the frequencies 792 kHz from Nieul near Limoges and 945 kHz from Muret near Toulouse. The operation of the medium waves still remaining after that ended in 2015.
In Nomeny there were two frequencies: 1350 kHz in single-frequency operation with Nice-Antibes for France Inter and 837 kHz for the former “Réseau Ondes Moyennes”. France Inter’s mediumwave broadcasting was discontinued at the end of 1996. At that time, the channels on 675, 1071 and 1161 kHz were also switched off.”
Original text in German.
Radio Eins Radio-News (2021-06-11)

United States

WBZ Celebrates 100 Years.
In Boston, WBZ NewsRadio [1030 kHz] has begun a 100-day celebration leading up to its 100-year anniversary.
The station, owned by iHeartMedia, passes the century mark on Sept. 19 and is thus one of the oldest in the United States. It originally was located in East Springfield, Mass., and first broadcast from Boston in 1924.
More on the story here.
Radio World (2021-06-11)

United States

RC Amer’s Vision Communications sells Conservative Talk 1410 KKLO 1410 KKLO Leavenworth/92.7 K224FF Lenexa KS to Radio Vida Kansas for $775,000. KKLO serves the Kansas City market, where the buyer’s “Radio Aliento” Spanish Christian programming is heard on Iglesia Pentecostal Casa De Dios Para Las Naciones’ 100.7 KCGG-LP Kansas City KS.
RadioInsight (2021-06-11)