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Radio Teleswitch service on longwave extended until 31st March 2024

Paul from Frequency Finder has just posted on Digital Spy that the EDF website has been updated to show that the Radio Teleswitch Service will now be closing down on March 31st 2024 rather than this March as it had previously stated.

There has been some discussion on there as to whether BBC Radio 4 would leave longwave and it would then be used for teleswitching only and whether the longwave opt-outs would end.

As to costs a long document Electric Heat Pathway SSEN published in 2020 said.

“The BBC have stated that they plan to cease long-wave radio transmission after 2021 and that if the service is required for RTS after that, industry will need to pay the whole costs of the infrastructure. The estimated charges to be levied by the BBC after 1st April this year go from under £1m, to over £1.5m and will increase again on 1st April 2021. The BBC have suggested they can keep transmission going until 31st March 2023 but after that, a complete overhaul will be needed.”

The cost will have increased greatly since then.

Mike Barraclough to bdxc-news via Mike Terry, Longwaveradiolistening iog (2023-01-10)