BBC ends MW coverage
in Eastern Mediterranean
The BBC World Service English is to end medium wave radio services to the Eastern Mediterranean area on 1323AM. The service is widely heard across the Middle east, Turkey and North Africa.
Director of BBC World Service, Fran Unsworth, says: “Our English language service will still be available via satellite and on the internet – which is increasingly how our audiences tune in. However, we cannot identify a financially viable method by which to continue the medium wave radio service. It is for this reason that we have decided to end these transmissions.“
The 1323 AM service has been the 'Voice of Britain' since the 1950s, when it was built by the 'Diplomatic Wireless Service' to broadcast the UK's point of view after the BBC rejected UK Government statements as propaganda.