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AM radio listeners in N England warned of disruption


Maintenance work at Northern England's main AM radio transmitter will mean some radio listeners will need to switch to digital.

Once-in-a-decade work on the Moorside Edge transmitter mast is due to start on Tuesday 29th May 2018. The transmitter mast broadcasts BBC Radio 5 Live (909kHz), Absolute Radio (1215kHz) and TalkSPORT (1089kHz) to AM radio listeners from Merseyside in the west across the Pennines to Yorkshire & Humber in the East, and includes Manchester and Leeds.

The maintenance work is scheduled to last up to twelve days, but is weather dependant. As a result radio services are subject to breaks in transmission between 9am and 5pm, or earlier at weekends.

As a result, affected listeners will need to switch to DAB digital radio or mobile apps on the go, and to DAB, Freeview, Sky, Virgin or smart home devices at home to continue listening to the affected broadcasts when the transmitter is off air.  Some listeners may be able to continue listening on AM if they can receive transmissions from more distant transmitters.

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