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    Calls for RTE to boost power to reach Irish abroad

    By Noreen Bowden | June 24, 2008

    The Irish Times has reported on a call for the Broadcasting Bill to be amended to require RTE to operate its long-wave radio transmitter at full capacity. Campaigners say that RTE’s current practice of transmitting its long-wave service at about half-power means that the broadcaster is not giving adequate service to the Irish abroad.

    The newspaper says,

    Kevin J O’Connell, a former director of engineering at RTE, said the broadcaster is not living up to its obligation to serve the public because the long-wave transmitter is operating at just over half its capacity.

    RTE says, however, that “It is satisfied its long-wave signal ‘is sufficient to reach customers across Ireland and the UK’.”

    The amendment was recently the subject of discussion in the Seanad. See the transcript.

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