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First for TalkSport

TalkSport in the UK are claiming a first with the novel idea of inviting listeners to record audio email messages through their website to be sent to the station for later broadcast.

Sky Calls BBC’s Tune

BBC Radio 1’s sentimental feature “Our Tune” will be on TV on Sky One from next month. Simon Bates – the man who made it a ‘must-weep’ feature for millions of listeners – will present.

Mayo for Breakfast Served Again

BBC Radio 1’s Simon Mayo show can once again be heard crystal clear on Dublin’s FM band courtesy of Freedom 92FM. In addition to Radio 1’s breakfast show, Freedom have extended relays of the UK national pop channel until 12 midday.

Five Live switch off on Astra

BBC Five Live have stopped broadcasting in analogue via the Astra satellite at 19.2E due to broadcasting rights restrictions.

The Irish cable service from ntl has also been affected. A company representative for ntl has said that they hope to restore the channel soon – even though he needed to be informed that Five Live was a radio – not a tv – channel and that it was offered as part of their service.

Five Live is encrypted on Sky Digital but can be received on 990kHz, 909kHz and 693kHz on medium wave in many parts of Ireland.

Five Live Cable Issues

ntl are now admitting that they might have problems carrying Five Live in the future as a result of sports broadcasting rights restrictions which prevent the station broadcasting outside of the UK.

Five Live has been removed from analogue satellite and, as a consequence, from ntl.

The station is encrypted on the Sky Digital platform and available to UK listeners only.

Listeners in Ireland can now only tune in on medium wave.

Comment: Although ntl are not at fault it might be worth letting them know that you want Five Live as part of your cable service. Customer service: 1800 123123 or fill in the customer care form on their website.

Atlantic 252 is finally dead

Atlantic 252 is no more. Following on from the final live programming from the station just befpre Christmas, the automated music programming ceased at midnight last night and has been replaced with promotional programming for TeamTalk Radio – which is due to launch on 252kHz long wave on February 25th.