Tuesday, September 16, 2014
Radio Exterior of Spain leaves shortwave
RTVE eliminates shortwave broadcast to save 1.2 million per year and will close the center antenna Noblejas.
The adjustment plan RTVE has claimed another victim: shortwave. The board of directors of the Corporation approved summer before removing the HF band through which Radio Exterior of Spain (REE) is issued, after more than 70 years of history, to save 1.2 million euro year, of which 700,000 euros are electricity.
Explains Africa Sempriin in 'The Economist' this measure will mean the closure of antenna Noblejas (Toledo) and the total abolition of this means of dissemination after the broadcast center of Costa Rica should close with a consequent saving of million euros per year, so REE can only be heard through local Internet.
The direction of RTVE has already agreed to the relocation of the 13 workers employed in the center Noblejas, so there will be no layoffs, as President of the Corporation, Leopoldo Gonzalez Echenique, promised in II Collective Agreement signed year last.
So, it will take a technical means of radios, Technology and the CCTT to Toledo.
Shortwave became the early twentieth century in the first global media and traditional broadcast system REE, the international channel of Spain's National Radio (RNE), which in 2012 completed its 70th anniversary.
Thus, the elimination of this technology, which has a high cost, the programming will no longer be listening REE where there is no Internet.
As early as 2012, and in the strength of the network, RTVE reduced transmission power shortwave in North America and Europe due to the proliferation of devices allowed to listen to the radio over the Internet.
This time, to eliminate emissions hereby programming does not come to much of Asia, where there are connections to the North Atlantic, and parts of Africa where Spanish aid work (according to Unesco 3,000 million people lack access Internet).
"Disappears a public-service to citizens and RTVE fails to make" reported the unions.
With this measure, RTVE goes a step ahead of the great state media group as the BBC, Radio Canada International, Radio Netherlands and Vatican Radio.
These public stations ended their emissions in some regions such as Europe or North America and cut its programming to the advancement of digital radio and network generalization.
At this point, BBC ended its service on shortwave Spanish RTVE in 2011 and ends with the shortwave broadcast REE, which broadcasts in ten languages and reaches five continents.
(Grupo Argentino Listener/Arnaldo L. Slaen-ARG, DXplorer Sept 13/WWDXC Top Nx 1176)