A number of AM services turned off in Europe
A number of AM services turned off in Europe
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A number of AM services turned off in Europe

Medium-wave transmitters for Deutschlandradio have been turned off in Germany, along with services in France and Luxembourg.

Stations operated by Radio France – France Info, France Bleu RCFM, and France Bleu Elsass went silent on AM at midnight.

The closure today of Deutschlandradio’s AM transmitters in Germany means no more German language services will be broadcast from the country on medium-wave.

In Luxembourg, the once great 208m, home of RTL and Luxy, has also fallen silent.

Here in the UK, the only recent closures of AM radio are from a number of BBC local radio stations which have turned off transmitters during a number of trials. The BBC’s only national AM station, 5 live, makes no reference to its AM frequencies instead promoting digital and online as ways to listen.

David Lloyd has blogged on the subject, and compiled some audio memories of AM radio over the years:

Photo: RTL

0 9 8606 01 January, 2016 International News 12:05 am 20151 Friday, January 1st, 2016

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