BBC MW switch-off trials over for 2012
Services on 1584 kHz in North Nottinghamshire returned last week along with local radio output in Kent on 1602 kHz. Both switch-off trials had been extended way past their original end date, with similar but shorter trials having taken place in Lincolnshire, Merseyside, Hereford and Worcester and Essex.
In November it was reported in The Guardian that the BBC received 600 complaints during the switch-off trial involving the BBC Merseyside AM signal. It was not made clear whether the complaints included those out of the official service area. In contrast, it is thought that the extended trial in Nottinghamshire and parts of Kent was due to low response rates from listeners.
Under the BBC's "Delivering Quality First" efficiency measures, all but a handful of BBC local radio stations would be removed from AM, with stations such as BBC Radio Derby retaining an AM service due to FM and proposed DAB digital radio coverage not reaching the whole service area.