RTÉ face questions over longwave closure

RTÉ face questions over longwave closure

THE newly-appointed Chair of RTÉ is set to appear in front of the Irish Government to explain her position on the impending closure of its longwave 252 service

Moya Doherty, the co-creator of Riverdance, was last week announced as chairperson of the RTÉ Board in a move which saw seven new members appointed to the broadcaster’s authority.

The Board was nominated by the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Transport and Communications, of whom Senator Paschal Mooney is a member.

Mr Mooney told The Irish Post that he hoped to “maintain the pressure” against the closure of the radio station.

“We will have Moya Doherty before our committee over the next couple of weeks,” he said. “One of the things we will be asking her is her position in relation to longwave 252 and what she intends to do about it.”

Last month amid a backlash and Government representation in Ireland and Britain, RTÉ postponed the closure of its longwave radio transmission until January 19.

Previously, the service was due to shut on October 27 as the organisation  migrated its Radio 1 service over to digital platforms.

“I’m now formally calling on the newly-appointed RTÉ authority to reverse the decision,” added Mr Mooney.

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