Another change concerning the mediumwave broadcasting of the public Greek Radio service took place a few weeks ago. The mediumwave transmitter of ERA Rhodes now broadcasts to a new frequency, as it moved from the frequency of 1494 KHz to 1260, late December. The new frequency appears to be extremely clear in terms of interference. The transmitter coverage during the day reaches the island of Crete, while in the evening it also covers quite well northern Greece and a large area of the Balkans. ΣυνέχειαMediumwave transmitter of Rhodes back to the historical frequency
The Executive Board of ERT, during its No. 1040 meeting, reviewed, on the recommendation of the relevant DG, the issue of disruption of three medium wave transmitters at the Greek Radio Broadcast Centers at Megara, Malgara and Tripoli.
"The Board, taking into account the demands of local communities, the broad range they offer to the Greek Radio, and the fact that their operation is possible with reduced budget, decided to restart the operation the specific transmitters." ΣυνέχειαThree mediumwave transmitters to switch back on
Thessaloniki public radio fares medium-wave well and forever, as the historical transmitter of Perea, relaying the 102FM service of ERT3 on 1044 Khz, switched off for good. The medium-wave broadcast of 9.58FM at Malgara was switched off a bit earlier, on the 22nd of February.
The aforetime powerful transmitter of Perea is currently being dismantled and disassembled and its pieces are going to be used as replacement parts for transmitters of the same type which will keep broadcasting. Meanwhile, the rest of the equipment is to be removed from the estate, which is being cleared and according to newspaper reports [GRreporter] is one of the cherished pieces of land that are about to be given to the Fund for the State Property Development in order to be sold.
After a meeting on February 17, the Administrative Board of the Greek Public Broadcaster (ERT) ordered the switch-off of eleven medium wave transmitters (MW) whereas only nine medium wave transmitters with their respective programs of the Greek Public Radio will keep operating. As it can been seen in the tables and the map below, in fact it is the high-power transmitters that survive, most of which are located near the border and had been used previously for the "International Network of ERA". Additionally ERT retains the frequency of the “First Radio Service” (729) and “Filía” (666) from Attica, and also the one of ERA Sport (792) hosted by the former Voice of America transmitter that was re-installed in 2002 at Malgara. A relatively low power transmitter in Florina will also be retained, probably because of its location being nearby to the FYROM.
The medium-wave transmitter of public radio of Tripoli, Peloponnese on 1314 KHz, ceased operations at noon of Thursday, February 23 implementing a rationalization plan of the public broadcasting finances. The transmitter used to operate in this frequency for about 50 years. Complaints have already been expressed as it used to be the only medium-wave transmitter in the central and southern Peloponnese, the reception of the FM transmitter at 101.5 MHz is limited, while the public service of Tripoli has not yet been able to stream via the internet. ΣυνέχειαMedium-wave transmitter of South Greece ceased operation in a cost-saving effort
FM transmitter of Public Radio ERA of Corfu has been off-air since quite a few days. In their announcement, the administration of the local Greek radios station apologized to the listeners for the long interruption of service, which "is attributed to a serious equipment failure of the FM transmitter. Technicians of ERT are making a strong effort in order to solve the problem, by turning the transmitter back on, as soon as possible. The program of our station is being normally transmitted via our mediumwave (AM) transmitter and via internet. ΣυνέχειαERA Corfu FM transmitter off due to technical issues
As the plans of the Greek government for digital radio are still unclear, some first thoughts concerning digital radio broadcasting in Greece have already been heard within ERT. According to a report in the Radio-Link magazine, after a brief discussion of the author with executives of ERT in late December, they said they consider the use of the DRM+ standard for digital broadcasting in mediumwave and shortwave. As they said, improving the signal of international Greek radio broadcasts would mean "substantial offer to the country and multiple benefits for ERT". ΣυνέχειαGreek Public Radio executives seem positive towards DRM+