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So Okt 9 12:49:20 CEST 2016

Sogar eine Art "Erstsendung", KEINE Wiederholung vom Mittwoch.

...............RTE 1 252 kHz, niente switchoff nel 2017. Le onde lunghe 
piacciono agli espatriati
Il modello europeo del "public broadcasting" è messo a dura prova dalla 
lunga crisi, che ha reso i bilanci di molte emittenti perforati come il 
gruviera. Ma
è sempre più chiaro che certe scelte sono, in realtà, di natura 
politica. Hanno a che fare con i desideri e le aspirazioni della gente. 
In questo senso
sorprende l'annuncio, sull'irlandese Independent (SEGUE ARTICOLO 
ORIGINALE IN INGLESE),......................

(den restlichen ital. Text spare ich einmal aus...)

La foto dell'impianto di Clarkstown, Irlanda

Sending Pic:500x397Cp2;

RTE ditches plans to axe longwave 252 radio service after criticism in 
RTE is set to scrap controversial plans to axe its longwave radio 
service, aimed at saving the cash-strapped broadcaster €250,000 a year, 
the Sunday

Independent has learned.
As the station grapples with an unprecedented financial crisis, it was 
announced two years ago that it planned to wind down longwave 252 
broadcasts before

full shutdown in May 2017.
But the plan caused widespread anger, particularly among the Irish 
community in Britain, where the service is seen as a crucial lifeline 
for thousands of

older emigrants who cannot access digital broadcasts.
RTE sources say the service was targeted for shutdown because it is 
considered outdated, and is an ongoing and unnecessary cost, during a 
time of increasing

financial pressures.
However, as a result of a public backlash, the broadcaster was forced to 
temporarily postpone the closure until 2017, giving listeners more time 
to move over

to digital platforms.
But the station has confirmed it is now carrying out a "review" of its 
previous announcement.
A spokesperson added that there is now no specific date for the 
termination of the service. However, it is understood there remains an 
ongoing risk as

regards its long-term viability. RTE has argued that transition to 
better quality, more sustainable digital alternatives, is essential in 
the longer term.

There are an estimated 600,000 Irish-born immigrants living in the UK.
Many of the older emigrants left Ireland in the 1950s - with only basic 
education - as Ireland grappled with widespread unemployment.
They are now elderly and a significant number are in difficult financial 
circumstances, according to social services.
This radio service is still a crucial 'link with home' for many 
thousands of older Irish in Britain, according to various immigrant 
groups working with

social services.
The latest development comes as RTE grapples with an ongoing financial 
crisis, currently forecasting a loss of up to €20m in the current year. The

organisation's new Director-General, Dee Forbes, faces a difficult 
challenge to stem the deficit.
In the wake of the station's announcement in 2014, 'Irish in Britain', 
an umbrella group representing various emigrant organisation, carried 
out research
into RTE radio broadcasting in the UK.
It looked at the frequency of Radio 1 listenership, attitudes to its 
content, and perceived benefits and weaknesses of the service, in 
England, Scotland and
It found it gives listeners a 'sense of Irishness' and helps them keep 
up to date with news and current affairs 'back home'. Some participants 
their remittance contributions back to Ireland during the depression 
years of the 1950s.
They argued they should not now be abandoned by the public service 
The survey also found 92pc of respondents listen to RTE "every day" or 
"most days".
Charlotte Curran, national health coordinator with the 'Irish in 
Britain' community group, says the service is an "invaluable lifeline" 
for the Irish
She said there is an ongoing need for older people to maintain a link 
with their homeland.
"They want to hear the familiar voice of Ireland and hear the stories 
from back home.
"They feel a connection to that - and these are people who don't 
frequently travel back to Ireland."
In a statement, the Department of Foreign Affairs said while it is 
ultimately an operational matter for RTE, it is hoped the broadcaster 
will be informed by
"awareness of the role that the service plays in preserving and 
enhancing links with Ireland."
Sunday Independent


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