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BBC: Local Medium Wave Closures

We know how much our listeners value BBC local radio – and have invested significantly in this area through our commitment to funding Local DAB expansion and adding all English Local Radio services to Freeview.  The savings from these closures will allow the BBC to continue to modernise its infrastructure in order to meet our listeners’ changing needs.

 
Transmitter BBC Service

Full Closures and Dates

DUXHURST

BBC Surrey

03/01/2018

BEXHILL MF
BRIGHTON MF (SOUTHWICK)

BBC Sussex

03/01/2018

HULL

Radio Humberside

11/01/2018

RUSTHALL

Radio Kent

08/01/2018

LITTLEBOURNE
LINCOLN (Swan Pool)

Radio Lincolnshire

04/01/2018

CLIPSTONE (Fishponds Hill)

Radio Nottingham

10/01/2018

LACOCK

Radio Wiltshire

10/01/2018

SWINDON (RODBOURNE) 

Partial Closures and Dates

TORBAY/(Torquay)

Radio Devon

09/01/2018

RAYLEIGH (SOUTHEND)

BBC Essex

15/01/2018

OXCLIFFE

Radio Lancashire

15/01/2018

 

How to receive your Local Radio service on other platforms

To keep listening to your Local Radio service, you may need to use a different platform, or where applicable, tune to a different MW transmitter. Please visit this page to see the alternative platforms your Local Radio service is available on and the frequencies to tune too.  

You can also use the interactive transmitter tool to see which transmitters will give the best reception or you can use iPlayer Radio to access your local radio service.

 

Why have these particular transmitters been chosen?

We assessed the coverage of each BBC Local Radio station on FM, MW and digital radio which highlighted stations where medium wave transmitters duplicated good FM or digital radio coverage. Following this process, we trialled the switch off of a number of medium wave transmitters and asked for audience feedback.

Taken together, the audience feedback and the coverage data have informed which medium wave transmitters are unlikely to be value for money in the longer term.

More information on why we are doing this can be found on the BBC blog.

For more FAQs please visit this page.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/reception/news/item181

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