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July 7, 2024 6:04 pm  #1

It's the same across the pond.

“If things keep going on the way they are right now then there’s a lot of radio stations that won’t be able to stick around as long."


July 8, 2024 7:16 am  #2

Re: It's the same across the pond.

This story indicates just how far AM radio has fallen in Europe, where it's now more common to have almost no stations left on the band, with small exceptions in certain countries. It's part of a trend worldwide and you have to  wonder how long before it hits here - and without DAB, what might replace it in North America.

"The United Kingdom is the last fortress of AM transmission in Europe. Over the last 15 years, many other countries disconnected their last AM transmitters — Austria (in 2008), Switzerland (2010), Ireland (2012), Germany (2015), Belarus (2016), Albania (2017) and Belgium (2018), to name a few. More than 20 European countries have ceased AM transmission. Across the continent, less than 100 AM services remain active.

Notwithstanding, AM still resists against all odds in markets such as Estonia, Greece, Hungary, Poland, Portugal, Romania and Spain, among others. However, many big broadcasters still relying on this technology have often reduced their transmission power without receiving complaints from the audience. This is a strong signal about how the future may look like."

Medium wave’s sunset in Europe


July 8, 2024 10:44 am  #3

Re: It's the same across the pond.

I wonder what pressure is on CBC to close its remaining AM stations, especially the low power ones. I know some are closing because of the age of the transmit facility, Mackenzie BC being the latest case it point but is that the only driver?