Canada

CANADIAN RADIO NEWS –Jon Pearkins
jon@pearkins.com
Bell Media began 2021 with Wade Oosterman taking charge. He quickly removed senior managers, then laid off over 200 staff, and has just completed cost reductions in Radio that focused on people-intensive formats. Individual station impacts are shown below.
There is finally some current published information on The Shift, a live national late night radio show that replaced Coast to Coast on mostly Corus-owned “Global News” stations. The permanent hosts are Shane Hewitt and Jawn Jang. Shane does weeknights and is based in Calgary AB. Jawn is based at CKNW
New Westminster BC, where he hosts The Shift on weekends.
All times shown are Eastern Local Time: EST in the Winter and EDST in the Summer.
 610 BC Kamloops CHNL “The Shift” airs daily 0100-0500.
 630 AB Edmonton CHED “The Shift” airs daily 0100-0500.
 640 ON Richmond Hill CFMJ “The Shift” airs daily 0100-0500.
 680 MB Winnipeg CJOB “The Shift” airs daily 0100-0500.
 690 QC Montreal CKGM All Sports TSN-690 had its license renewed but was denied its request to reduce local programming from 96 hours/week to 63 hours. In 2013, the CRTC granted an exception to its Common Ownership Policy for Montreal, allowing Bell Media to keep CKGM after purchasing Astral Media’s stations, with one of the conditions requiring CKGM to provide at least 96 hours per week of local programming.
 770 AB Calgary CHQR “The Shift” airs daily 0100-0500.
 800 QC Montreal CJAD The Newsroom was shuttered February 1st with the elimination of all reporters and some News announcers, with evening Newscasts being done by CFCF-DT “CTV Montreal” TV announcers. TV reporters will now record both audio and video reports. The audio from CFCF-DT’s “CTV News at 6” is now being aired on CJAD; CFRB-1010 Toronto ON and CFRA-580 Ottawa ON were already airing the audio of their local CTV supper hour News.
 900 ON Hamilton CHML “The Shift” airs daily 0100-0500.
 980 BC New Westminster CKNW “The Shift” airs daily 0100-0500. ON London CFPL “The Shift” airs daily 0100-0500.
1040 BC Vancouver CKST All Sports TSN-1040 was abruptly ended February 9th and Funny-1040 debuted February 12th. In between, it was continuous Classic Hits.
1150 ON Hamilton CKOC All Sports TSN-1150 became All Business News “BNN Bloomberg Radio 1150” on February 9th, fashioned after CFTE (see below).
1260 AB Edmonton CFRN All Sports TSN-1260 continues, with some staff being laid off.
1290 MB Winnipeg CFRW All Sports TSN-1290 was abruptly ended February 9th and Funny-1290 debuted February 12th. In between, it was continuous Classic Hits.
1410 BC Vancouver CFTE All Business News “BNN Bloomberg Radio 1410” continues, with at least one high profile network host laid off.
1460 ON Guelph CJOY No longer airs “The Shift” overnights.
The Facebook page Canadian Radio News by Dan Sys provides much of the information for this column. Additional information was provided by blog.fagstein.com and broadcastdialogue.com
IRCA DX Monitor Feb 20, 2021, published Feb 15 via WOR groups.io (2021-02-15)

Czech Republic

Radio Dechovka wrote
“We would like to warn the listeners that on February 28 all medium-wave transmitters on the frequency AM 1233kHz will be switched off.
After February 28, 2021, lovers of medium waves can retune to the AM 792kHz frequency, from the Hradec Králové – Stěžery transmitter.
… and soon to 1260kHz!

AM 792 kHz
Transmitter Hradec Králové – Stěžery”

In mwlist.org are 4 transmitters for 1233 listed:
Praha/Zbraslav
Dobrochov
České Budějovice/Husovakolonie
Ostrava/Svino

For 1260
Líbeznice/Bořanovice is listed as planned with 10 kW antenna looks like cage antenna/ARRT.

Hradec Kralove/Stěžery is listed as active on 792 kHz.
There were some SW antenna (log-periodic?), but these were removed years ago.
There’s a mast with guy wires with insulators in, maybe this is the MW mast for 792.
Marco (2021-02-15)

Canada

(CRTC) Extension granted for AM to FM flip at CBC Radio One in Ear Falls.
The CBC has until February 5, 2022 to establish the AM to FM conversion at Radio One CBOI in Ear Falls, Ontario. The station will move from 690 AM to 95.5 FM and will operate with 50 watts. Covid-19 is blamed for the delay.
Canadian Radio News fb group (2020-11-09)

Netherlands

1602 has gone! Have those of you living in the north of The Netherlands found our new frequency? From this evening, Radio Seagull can be heard on 747, 1287 and 1485khz.
We hope that 1287 will give you better reception than you had before.
Radio Seagull Live fb group (2020-10-10)

Netherlands

Translated from Google:
“The Telecom Agency has issued the LPAM frequency 918 kHz with 100 Watts to Radio Omroep Stichting Hoogvliet.
Sitara FM has handed in the 918 kHz and now has a license for 900 kHz which they can use from Vianen from December 1.
Radio0511 has handed in the 1602 kHz in Ternaard and now has a license for 1287 kHz. They will start using this frequency next week.”
https://www.radio-tv-nederland.nl/ (2020-10-03)

United Kingdom

Largest Network of Commercial Radios Launched.
From September 2020, 49 of the 56 stations acquired in 2019 by the Bauer Group will change their name to Greatest Hits Radio, making the network the most important in the UK. Only four stations will retain their names under the Hits Radio brand: Pulse 1 in Bradford, Signal 1 in Stoke, The Wave 96.4 in Swansea and Fire Radio in Bournemouth. Three others will remain autonomous (Lincs FM in Lincoln, Pirate FM in Cornwall and Sam FM in Bristol). All the digital-only radio stations acquired last year (from UKRD, Lincs, Wireless and Celador) will be closed down. The closure of the local offices has resulted in staff cuts and protests from listeners as they had to say goodbye to their favourite presenters. 
Here are the details of the operation.
Radio Today (2020-09-03)