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French longwave radio switch-off

One of France's major longwave stations is ceasing radio broadcasts, in the latest AM switch-off in Europe.

France Inter's longwave signal on 162kHz is not making the move into 2017, and comes in light of major cost-cutting for France's public service broadcasters. Its recommending listeners switch to FM or digital satellite to continue listening. For listeners outside of France, satellite and internet listening remains an option.

It comes a year after a number of AM radio services were terminated across France and neighbouring Germany, but a number of commercial services in French remain on longwave  - Europe 1, RTL Radio and RMC Info. With the advancement of newer ways of distributing radio content alongside aging transmitter infrastructure, it's expected that these broadcasters will closely be looking at the impact of France Inter's switch-off for their future longwave plans.

Although DAB digital radio is advancing in France, France Inter as well as the other public service stations are only reluctantly embracing the new platform, with DAB being considered as a complement to FM coverage. France Inter is part of a DAB+ service broadcasting to parts of Paris where FM reception is poor.

Despite France Inter terminating longwave broadcasts, the longwave transmitter at Allouis will continue to broadcast the TDF time signal on the former France Inter frequency, meaning dependent timepieces will continue to tell the time.