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Bishops Object to Irish Long Wave Closedown

Irish Bishops have objected to the closure of Irish broadcaster RTÉ's long wave service later this month.

RTÉ News reports that Ireland's Catholic bishops have said the loss of the long wave service, which carries RTÉ Radio 1, would mean fewer people would be able to listen to religious programmes. They expressed concern that people living in rural areas and in Northern Ireland and the UK will be worst affected.

However, RTÉ responded by saying that less than 2% listen to the long wave service. From the 27th October, UK listeners will be able to listen to the station via online, mobile, satellite and cable services.

For listeners within the Irish Republic and in parts of Northern Ireland, RTÉ Radio 1 will be available on FM and DAB. Last month, it was announced that the Pope's car of choice on a recent visit to South Korea will have DAB digital radio fitted as standard...