Less Gold on AM
The UK media compamy GCap Media is to simply switch off the medium-wave transmitters of Gold Exeter and Torbay in order to overcome the problem of having too many radio stations in the area.
A pre-recorded announcement, currently broadcasting every 30 minutes, is advising listeners to either switch to Gemini FM or listen on DAB.
The two frequencies used by the station since its launch in 1995 are 666 kHz in Exeter and 945 kHz in Torbay. They will both fall silent on August 31st 2008.
The station will continue on DAB in Devon serving the TSA of just under half a million people. Most Gold stations are only committed to providing four hours a day of local programmes, along with locally inserted news, information and travel.
It is thought more Gold stations will follow, as GCap Media and Global fully combine if agreement is given by the Office of Fair Trading