This change is being made in line with listener trends in radio. Increasing numbers of people around the world are choosing to listen to radio on a range of other platforms including FM, satellite and online, with fewer listening on shortwave.
This is particularly the case in Europe, where the majority of shortwave transmissions ceased in March 2007. The current closures affect the remaining transmissions heard in southern Europe.
This will be a loss to some listeners, but there are alternative ways of hearing BBC programmes. For more information about other ways to listen, please follow the link below:
(Source: BBC World Service) http://www.bbc.co.uk/worldservice/help/2008/02/080208_sw_changes_euro.shtml