(Source: The Irish Post)
RTÉ are set to continue transmitting their longwave 252 service until at least 2019 after positive talks took place at a consultative meeting in London.
The news follows a statement issued by RTÉ back in October in which the state broadcaster announced its “intention to close the service in 2017.”
RTÉ said at the time that they were exploring the possibility of using ‘alternative technologies’ to help maintain links with its audiences in Britain beyond the service’s closure.
But longwave is now set to continue transmitting through 2017 and 2018 after a week which saw calls for the service’s retention heard in the Seanad.
Last week, independent Senator Billy Lawless sought government assurances that the Irish in Britain would not lose access to longwave 252.
Senator Lawless urged Minister of State for the Diaspora Joe McHugh to “implore RTÉ management to reconsider this ageist and discriminatory cut” to its longwave 252 service.[…]