(Translated from Dutch)
Extra AM, the medium wave channel that broadcasts in the Amsterdam region on 1332 kHz, will stop broadcasting via medium wave as of January 1.
The reason is the significantly higher copyright compensation that the radio station must pay from 2024 to the copyright organization BumaStemra. According to the radio station, the compensation that must be paid to BumaStemra will increase by almost 500 percent.
For a small radio station like Extra AM, the costs are no longer affordable. “We would like to contribute to composers and lyricists, but for a hobby project like ours this is an exorbitant price increase. And we don’t want you to cough up this through a crowdfunding fund! Partly in view of the loss of sponsors, high energy prices and persistent inflation, we have now reached the point where we have had enough. We assume that December 31 will be the last broadcast day on 1332 kHz,” said Harm ten Brink of Extra AM on the radio station’s website https://www.extram.nl/#over.