Irish broadcaster RTÉ has postponed the switch-off of its longwave service until 19 January 2015, with a delegation from RTĖ visiting the UK next week to meet with organisations to see "if there is a better solution to the long wave issue".
RTÉ had previously announced that it would be ceasing its service from the Clarkstown long wave transmitter on 27 October and migrating RTĖ Radio 1 to digital platforms. But listeners in the UK would have fewer ways to listen, especially in-car.
Managing Director of RTĖ Radio, Jim Jennings said the decision to cease any RTÉ public service is not something that RTÉ takes lightly or without serious consideration, according to a report by RTĖ News today.
He said: "We know that such decisions affect audiences who enjoy and rely on RTÉ's services."However, we also know that the public expect us to manage our operations and services efficiently and evolve our services as technology changes and audiences adapt."
Irish Bishops had previously complained about the switch-off proposals, as the service on 252 kHz carries religious programmes on Sunday mornings.