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Friday, September 6, 2002

BBC World Service shoots self in foot, again, feels no pain

It's not enough that the BBC World Service stopped broadcasting to North America on shortwave. Now they're forcing a station that has carried them on FM (their preferred medium) for 30 years to drop them. Next thing you know, they'll be pulling their signals from the satellites or something stupid like that. I'm sorry, I just don't understand the mentality at the upper reaches of Bush House. They tell us to listen to FM, then start driving their FM affiliates away from them. I just don't get it. And unfortunately, after the end of this month, neither will the listeners of WCPE in North Carolina.

Note this bit about the first clue the station manager had:

I really started worrying when the BBC dropped shortwave service to the United States a year ago. Whether that is related or not is speculation. Regardless, in a few days, the BBC News will no longer be heard on WCPE.

Bunch of damned fools running (or maybe that should be ruining) the World Service, long the finest radio station in the world. (Thanks Alan Knapp via Glenn Hauser's DX Listening Digest issue 2139.)

Posted at 8:09 PM

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