Medium Wave switch-off for Radio Bristol - four new DAB transmitters boost coverage

BBC Radio Bristol has confirmed it will be leaving Medium Wave in mid-February; the transmitter site is due to be demolished as part of a redevelopment scheme.

Now BBC Radio Bristol is inviting listeners via social media to spread the word about the changes, which will mean affected listeners will need to tune in to the station via either FM, DAB, Online or via Freeview from 19th February.

Ahead of the long-awaited 1548 kHz switch-off, four new DAB transmitters have been set-up to improve digital radio coverage in the area, including a transmitter at Backwell improving coverage around Nailsea and one at King's Weston.

BBC Radio Bristol is also available on 94.9 and 104.6 FM, Freeview channel 719 and online. These outlets remain unaffected by the MW switch-off.

The BBC is pointing out that the switch-off is necessary as the landlord of the Mangotsfield transmitter site is handing over the land to developers, a decision that is out of the BBC's control. The move had been expected for some while, with planning permission having been granted by the local council for redevelopment.

Smooth Radio on 1260kHz also broadcasts from the same transmitter site for listeners in Bristol. Owner Global Radio has at this stage not announced what will happen to this service, although when Smooth Radio's Reading MW transmitter was forced to close, there was no advance announcement. Smooth Radio is available on local DAB in the Bristol area, also benefiting from the recent DAB transmitter build-out.

The UK is one of the last countries in western Europe with a comprehensive collection of Medium Wave stations: many neighbouring countries have already ditched the waveband in favour of various digital platforms.








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10 comments:

  1. So Global don't seem to care then. Nothing new there...

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    1. Were Smooth Radio obliged to broadcast on MW? Probably. If so they are probably pleased that they no longer have to. I cant imagine that the MW audience is significant.

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    2. The original licence came with that, but DAB has probably allowed that to change. I'm sure any company will be pleased to give up expensive MW transmitters. As long as DAB has good enough coverage so no one will miss a service. I hope that the BBC make the decision to switch more MW sites off. They need to save money & MW audiences are declining.

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  2. is there anything left to be heard on 1548MW? it s fun to get Capital Gold on MW nights when you re driving in the toulouse/carcassonne area....or at night around France,saves you from switching transmitters!
    Thanks to MW resilience I have enjoyed it for a veeery long time!

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  3. and does DAB carry further at night,as MW do?
    ie could we catch any DAB stuff from the UK anywhere south of Rouen?

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    1. Sadly no. DAB doesn't perform any better at any time of the day!

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    2. Long distance DAB reception only occurs when atmospheric conditions allow (e.g high pressure & foggy weather often yields reception of distant multiplexes for short periods of time).

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    3. Oh right. That's never been mentioned before. Thank you

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  4. Bristol DAB coverage these last few months has been much stronger thru Cardiff & surrounding areas.

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    1. Probably thanks to Kings Weston - that site has got good views over the Severn Estuary.

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